Saturday, February 26th, 2011
Perhaps the only benefit from Melbourne’s recent devastating storms and flooding has been the boost to water catchments. Water storages are now 54.1% full, compared with 35.6% this time last year.

But fuller dams do not mean our days of relaxed water usage can return. In fact on the contrary, as our water catchments rise, so too are our water costs and it only looks set to get worse, said Anant Yuvarajah, of ASC Rain Water Tanks today.

“Water prices have increased significantly over recent years to fund multi-billion-dollar spending on desalination plants,” Mr. Yuvarajah said.

“Only a few years ago, the cost of dam water was around 40c a kilolitre, and was being retailed at around 85c. This reflected an annual water bill of $800 for the average home. Today, with current restrictions in place, and Melbournians using far less water, we are paying around $1000 an year. “

“Compare any bill this year against the same period last year and you’ll see the evidence Prices have already increased dramatically and are only set to increase further,” he said.

“The cost of the water from the desalination plant is $1.37 per kilolitre. This represents a retail price of $2.20 per kilolitre for the consumer.”
When the desalination plant comes online in 2012, the average household is likely to be paying $2000 per annum, Mr Yuvarajah claimed.

“It’s an accepted view that electricity costs are set to explode over the next few years as governments are forced to commit to more expensive forms of green energy.”

“And higher electricity costs equal higher water costs,” Mr. Yuvarajah said.

Through pumping and treatment of water, water utilities are some of the biggest energy users in Australia. Indeed, Sydney Water and South Australia’s SA Water are the largest electricity consumers in their states, according to the Water Services Association of Australia.

“Fuller catchments do not mean cause to rest on our laurels. The environmental urgency of changing how we preserve and consume our water have not lessened with the drought breaking. In fact the problems are more pressing than ever before and are only set to increase in the future without real change,” said Mr. Yuvarajah.

“Rain water tanks remain one of the best and most cost effective solutions for beating the price rises and helping our environment.”
Plumbing a water tank to the toilet and washing machine can save the average family about 24,000Ls of water over the course of a year Mr. Yuvarajah explained. “This could potentially save people thousands off their water bills, not to mention easing the strain on our public water stores.”

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ASC Water Tanks

ASC Water Tanks are a Melbourne based firm specialising in the supply of affordable, high quality water tanks, tanks that help Australian families increase their water self sufficiency while at the same time drive their water costs down.
Anant Yuvarajah
P: 1300 229 606


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