COAST residents will take another hit to hip pocket from next month after Unitywater confirmed prices were on the rise.
The expected average 81-cents-a-week rise for the utility comes after Sunshine Coast Council last week increased its average rates and levies by about a dollar a week.
Water charges will rise by about $42-a-year on average during the coming financial year.
Unitywater chairman Jim Soorley said the total rise for Sunshine Coast and Noosa residents included a 25-cents-a-week increase for combined water and sewerage access charges.
Mr Soorley said usage charges would remain the same for the fourth consecutive year.
"We understand the cost-of-living pressures and continue in our efforts to reduce operating costs and identify savings,” Mr Soorley said.
He blamed the majority of the utility rise on a seven per cent increase to the bulk water price.
"This increase will add approximately $28 to the average annual bill from 1 July 2017.”
He said some of the larger projects in which Unitywater would invest included a major upgrade of the Kawana Sewage Treatment Plant, infrastructure for the new Maroochydore CBD, two new major sewerage mains in the southern end of the Sunshine Coast and a water main diversion at Sunshine Coast Airport to accommodate the new runway.
Unitywater water/sewerage bills 2017-18
Average bill for Sunshine Coast/Noosa residential household (using 164kL per year)
Pensioner (using 29kL per person per year)
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