The Courier
Sunday, 3 December 2023

Letters to the Editor

Updated June 9 2016 - 8:40pm, first published 10:19am

Paying more for nothing

Having paid a recent Central Highlands account for $501, l contacted them to complain their charges are excessive.   The Waste Water Access and Water Access fees amount to some $361 out of the $501, l was told there were several reasons for their charges; 'new technology' (one water meter in 40 years), and new infrastructure. l was also told that l would receive an email to 'educate' me on why the charges are as high as they are. The email has still not arrived. It's not rocket science to work out that the administrative charges are excessive. I was also told the Essential Services Commission approved Central Highlands Water to keep increasing their water rates according to CPI. How many of us in the salary and wage bracket get on-going CPI pay increases? At least the Ballarat City Council was able to see fit to not go ahead with a CPI increase in our property rates. Could Central Highlands Water having a commonsense re-think? With the same 40 year old pipes and water treatment plant, l believe continual rate increases are not warranted, especially in relation to the cost of water actually used.

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