Bill and Mal. Mal and Bill. Have been competing over funding for the Townsville water supply. This is interesting because the current Townsville web page on water supplies says this:
Townsville residents use over four times more water per person than in most major cities
The average Townsville household uses 1,700 litres of water per day, while in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne households use around 210 to 285 litres per day
More than 70% of Townsville’s water supply is currently being used on residential lawns and gardens
On those numbers the “average” Townsville household also uses just more that three times the “typical” Cairns household indicated on the Cairns Council website.
At the same time a Townsville household can be supplied with a fixed quantity three times the typical Cairns household at a rate more than 10% lower per KL. Water costs in SEQ are substantially higher again by significant multiples.
It is not at all clear to me why the rest of Australia appear to be required to fund the costs of inappropriate water pricing policy in Townsville? Perhaps I have missed something?
This should not be interpreted as a criticism of Cairns water pricing. Also it is wise to remove water pricing in any relevant comparison of council rates.
Update: Gene Tunny has previously posted on this at Queensland Economy Watch: Unsurprising Townsville running out of water when Council is charging so little for it