This feedback was provided to the Essential Services Commission (ESC) which is currently reviewing the prices that 17 Victorian water businesses propose to charge from 1 July 2018.
Access to water is a basic human right. The belief that all Victorians are entitled to a supply of water necessary for an adequate standard of living is a view widely shared by the community. Fundamental to this is that water services remain affordable for everyone, including low income and vulnerable consumers. It is therefore of great concern that residential water bills in Victoria are at an all-time high. We are deeply concerned about the impacts that high and, in some cases, increasing water prices are having on low income and vulnerable members of the community.
We would urge the ESC to remain particularly mindful of low-income and disadvantaged consumers when assessing the prices that will be paid by Victorian water customers.
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