March 09, 2007
Residents of southeast Queenslanders will be banned from washing cars, filling pools and watering lawns under harsh level five restrictions. The Queensland Water Commission said the limits were aimed at saving 127 megalitres a day, as the southeast corner faces its WORST DROUGHT ON RECORD. Water price rises ranging from 13 to 22 per cent will push costs up an average $71 a year. By 2012-13 a typical household's annual water cost would increase from $355 to $876 - an increase of 147 per cent. It also appears that new home owners would be slugged an extra $5000 per home as an infrastructure user charge under the proposals.