Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Thanksgiving Prayers Likely in Wake of Water Bill Waiver; Sacred Heart School Faced $21,000Account from Long-Undetected Leak

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Thanksgiving Prayers Likely in Wake of Water Bill Waiver; Sacred Heart School Faced $21,000Account from Long-Undetected Leak

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Byline: Adrian Taylor adrian.taylor@capnews.com.au

THE prayers of a Catholic primary school were answered yesterday when councillors agreed to waive a massive water bill.

The Sacred Heart School in Yeppoon was presented with bills totalling nearly $21,000 when water from an undetected leak literally poured down the drain for more than a year.

Although Fitzroy River Water has a policy of not charging customers for water lost through undetected leaks, it applies to domestic users only.

And Sacred Heart is a business: an independent school in Barracuda Street, Lammermoor Beach, with about 450 pupils. It had been primed to fear the worst.

But Rockhampton Regional Council's Water Committee chairman, Cr Greg Belz, moved swiftly to the school's aid yesterday.

He proposed that the council rebate the cost of 12,600 kilolitres of water lost during the leak as a acommunity service obligationa.

And he asked Fitzroy River Water to look at adopting a policy for credit of rebates on undetected leaks for non-residential premises in future. …

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