29 May 2010

Water bill refund on way for Aucklanders

8:27 pm on 29 May 2010

Aucklanders are going to get a refund in their water bills, even though water and wastewater charges are about to go up.

Charges are set to rise by 1.4% on 1 July.

The Auckland City Council says greater water use last summer generated a surprise revenue surplus for its water company, Metrowater, and that will be returned to customers.

Councillor Douglas Armstrong says that the higher prices are partly due to increases passed on by the wholesaler, Watercare, but that they're still far below an earlier prediction of a rise of nearly 6%.