Source(s): (a) Bureau of Meteorology
The increase in availability of water eased the pressure on water prices:
- Households paid an average of $3.42 per kilolitre, down 3% year on year.
- Industry paid an average of $0.30 per kilolitre, down 25% year on year.
A Note on Unit Pricing
The differences between the cost of water for households and for industry is driven by a number of factors, including water quality. For example, households require potable water fit for human consumption while industries predominantly utilise non-potable water.
Industry water intensity and water use per household estimates are shown below to illustrate how usage patterns have changed alongside the pricing changes noted above:
- The average amount of water used by households remained steady at 0.18 ML/household.
- Industry water intensity increased from 5.99 to 7.37 ML/$m GVA.