Water body faces $55m repair bill

QUEENSLAND Urban Utilities has raised the spectre of increased water charges if governments won’t pay for repairs.

QUU yesterday called on the state and federal governments to extend disaster-relief arrangements to cover repairs to flood-damaged water and sewerage infrastructure.

Early estimates put the damage to water and wastewater infrastructure in the Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley and Somerset regions at $55 million, with more than 120 sewerage stations damaged or destroyed.

“We are concerned about our ability to cover reconstruction and repair costs without impacting on prices,” QUU chief executive Noel Faulkner said. “QUU is exploring all avenues to recover these costs without an additional impact on our customers, many of whom were directly affected by flooding.

“We are also re-examining our business priorities, maintaining tight controls on our ongoing recovery costs and reviewing our capital works. However, even these measures may not cover the full cost of the flood damage.”



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