South Australians paying more for using less water

The latest Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows South Australian households are paying the highest price for water in the nation despite falling water consumption.
 
Yesterday’s ABS figures revealed South Australian households paid $4.29 per kilolitre (kL) for urban distributed water in 2013-14, the highest in the nation and significantly above the Australian average of $3.08 per kL.

The latest Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows South Australian households are paying the highest price for water in the nation despite falling water consumption.
 
Yesterday’s ABS figures revealed South Australian households paid $4.29 per kilolitre (kL) for urban distributed water in 2013-14, the highest in the nation and significantly above the Australian average of $3.08 per kL.
 
“These figures confirm the Weatherill Government uses SA Water as a cash cow to prop up its ailing budget,” said Acting Shadow Minister for Water Tim Whetstone.
 
“The exorbitant price of water explains why South Australians owe almost $43 million in unpaid water bills despite using 20 per cent less water per head than the national average.
 
By way of comparison Tasmanian households pay $3.52 per kL, Victorian households $3.39 per kL and Queensland households $3.26 per kL.
 
“Under the Weatherill Labor Government, South Australian households are paying the highest water price in the nation and there is no relief in sight,” Mr Whetstone said.
 
“Since 2001-02, water prices have risen by more than 240 per cent despite inflation only being 42 per cent during this time.
 
“What is strikingly evident is that South Australian households and businesses are paying too much for water and the ABS figures released yesterday enforce that message.”
 
ABS figures showed that in 2013-14, South Australian water consumption by industry and households was 20 per cent lower than the national average, yet the state paid the highest price for water – significantly above the national average.
 
“The State Liberals have been calling on the Weatherill Labor Government to undertake an independent inquiry to establish what the price of water should be in South Australia, instead of using SA Water as a cash cow,” Mr Whetstone said.
 
“South Australians deserve to know the real reason they are paying the highest water bills in the country.”

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