Scott, Lachlan, Jenny and Ryan McIntosh are like many other Gympie families feeling the pain of increased electricity prices.
Scott, Lachlan, Jenny and Ryan McIntosh are like many other Gympie families feeling the pain of increased electricity prices. Craig Warhurst

Keeping water costs down

FOR Gympie mother Jenny McIntosh everything is going up.

Fuel, groceries and now water and electricity costs are all on the rise and putting pressure on the family of four.

But the McIntoshs are smart about keeping the costs of the essentials down by installing dual flush toilets, water saving shower heads and timers on outside watering taps.

“Water has definitely gone up,” she said.

The bill has jumped $80 in the last year but the family’s consumption only increased slightly.

But Gympie residents should be happy to hear they have some of the lowest water costs in the state.

A special investigation into Gympie water charges compared to the rest of the state showed the average household here used about 200 kilolitres a year costing about $420, slightly up from the Sunshine Coast’s average cost of $417 for 182kl.

The cheapest average water charge was found further south in Tweed Heads.

Consumers there pay on average $350 a year and use just 165kl.

Those using the most water were found in Rockhampton where the average use was 435kl costing $570 a year but Toowoomba has the most expensive water at $740 for 132kl.

Member for Gympie David Gibson said Gympie was lucky to not get picked up by Unitywater.

He said with four children at home he noticed the water bill went up slightly, but nothing like what other towns like Pomona had seen.

“In a lot of places the bills jumped dramatically and community groups were suddenly hit with the full costs.”

Gympie Times


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