Kyogle water charge "unfair"
KYOGLE Council is sticking by the fees it charges rural residents wanting to top up depleted rainwater tanks from Kyogle's town water supply.
Kyogle Council is charging rural residents a bulk water surcharge of $28 plus $1.85 for every 1000 litres of water.
Richmond Valley Council, which has set up a standpipe at the Nammoona Landfill site especially for rural residents short of water, is charging a set fee of $3.70 a kilolitre.
Kyogle Council's general manager Arthur Piggott said the council believed the $28 surcharge was reasonable given staff were on site at the standpipe at council's works depot to ensure the water was being pumped into suitable containers, which were adequately secured.
Staff also checked to see that vehicles were not overloaded.
However Runnymede Rd resident Graeme Hickey believed the surcharge was unnecessary and unfair.
"I don't see why Kyogle Council can't just charge a fee for the water without the surcharge, particularly for people who are filling up tanks on the back of their utes," he said.
"I'm close to running out of water and I can't get a truckload for up to four weeks. I just need to top up my tanks until then, but the $28 surcharge makes it very expensive."