CHRC water prices go through the roof for property owners

Emma Gough

PROPERTY owners around the Central Highlands are furious after hearing word that the cost for them to buy town water has increased by about 300%. 

A far cry from the previous cost of just over $2 per tonne, buyers are now expected to fork out about $6 per tonne for water - as well as paying for their transport costs. 

The issue is set to be discussed at Friday's CHRC meeting, and property owners have banded together to send in letters of disgust and disapproval. 

A letter from Blackwater residents William and Rebecca Sanderson began like this.

"I am writing to express my anger at your recent decision to increase the cost of standpipe water," they wrote.

"We like many other ratepayers within your shire area have no access to town water and rely on rain water for our household. 

"Obviously in drier times our tanks run dry and we have to purchase potable water."


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