Water frugality gets low billing



THIRTY-six dollars is the highest price The Morning Bulletin found for a resident's first metered water bill.

After talking to about 10 Rockhampton residents yesterday, only two bills reached the $30 mark.

On the whole people were pleas- antly surprised by the low amount and the drop in their usage, while others were too scared to open the bill to see what it said.

One resident in Irving Street with a fountain in their frontyard and pool in their backyard was satisfied that the bill was only $36, saying they had not changed any of their habits over the past three months.

Other homes with pools in Irving Street were charged in the mid $20 range.

A resident in Boyd Street had not yet found the courage to take a look at his bill, and in the backyard his swimming pool was empty.

Doing what she could to keep her water bill down was Juanita McCarthy of Weinholt Street. She took out her greenhouse and fenced off more than half her backyard.

All her shower water goes into the front garden. In the morning she fills a bucket of water for the bath- room and that is what she and her son use to wash their hands.

With a water bill of $19.40 ($2.20 pensioner discount) Ms McCarthy said the price of her bill was okay, but she did not know how she could save water.

With the first bills out, Neil Hans- chen, general manager of Fitzroy River Water, said it was still to early to make an informed decision on the price of water and budget changes.

"We are analysing data and we will probably get a report to council in two weeks.



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