Gold Coasters could soon be paying more for water under a proposal from the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA).
In a report published on Monday, QCA made recommendations about bulk water prices for south east Queensland, including the Gold Coast, for 2018-21.
Currently bulk water prices vary from council to council in the south east, so the state government enlisted QCA to recommend prices to allow all councils to achieve a single common price for a kilolitre of bulk water by the end of the decade.
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QCA presented two pricing options in the report – one that would see a common price for water reached by 2019-20, and another where the common price would be reached in 2020-21.
The first option would see the current bulk water price for the Gold Coast ($2.82 per kilolitre) rising by 5.2% in 2018-19 and 2.5% in each of the next two years.
QCA determined that this would mean the bulk water component of a bill for an average Gold Coast family – using 160 kilolitres per year – would rise by $23.20 in 2018-19 and $12 in each of the next two years.
The second option would see a rise by 3.5% in each of the three years from 2018-21, resulting in an increase for the average Gold Coast household of $16 to $17 each year.
The State Government is now expected to decide whether to accept QCA’s final pricing recommendations.