Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Money Being Poured Down City Drains

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Money Being Poured Down City Drains

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Vanessa Chircop

vanessa.chircop@dailymercury.com.au

Water Billing Facts

Council issues water bills twice a year

Billing periods cover a six-month period, generally October--March and April--September

Consumption in October--March is higher due to drier weather and an increase in outdoor watering

Water bills are charged at two tariffs, tariff one is charged at $1.60 a kilolitre up to 150 kilolitres, tariff two is charged at $2.40 a kilolitre for consumption over 150 kilolitres

ABOUT 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water are going down the drains of Mackay homes every week -- some of the highest water consumption in Queensland.

Despite an "it's not rocket science" Mackay Regional Council advertising campaign to reduce the city's water usage, we've used an extra 37million litres of water a week over the past month.

The council has warned residents to be wary because it will increase their water bills.

Water and sewerage portfolio councillor Frank Gilbert said the warm temperatures were resulting in people running their sprinklers for hours on end, at all times of the day, just to keep their lawns green. …

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