2013年7月29日 星期一

搵笨的水費

我不知道香港現在家庭用戶的平均水費是多少,但是肯定澳洲的水費是貴,而且是越來越貴。

其實我已經是很注意節約用水的好市民,你看我上一季的水費單:

 一季是240澳元,折港幣$1,500以上!我在86天的用水是27 kilolitre,即是 27,000公升,即每日約 300升。我一個月洗不到一次車,從來不用食水淋花和草地,只是做飯、飲用、洗衣和淋浴而已。

詳細看這水費單,你就可以看到其搵笨之處了!真正收我的「用水」費用只是55澳元,另有18元是「供水費」,43元「接駁費」、123澳元「排污費」,後三者加起來是180元,比實際用水的55元超出很多(雖然我知道這條數,是以一個比例按用水量來收的)。

我上一季已經厲行節約用水,成效顯著,比前一季少了很多,由 37kilolitre 減到 27 kilolitre,減少了起碼25%,比以往的用量,以及全市平均和本區住戶平均要低得多:

但是水費單的總額減了多少?只是區區的20元!真是豈有此理!

(文章允許轉貼,請具作者名字:梁煥松)

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51 則留言:

  1. Guybrush Threepwood上午6:41

    I am not sure about Queensland, but here in South Australia, the bulk of the water bill is made up of the connection fee, which is _NOT_ related to water usage but property value! Basically means you are encouraged to use MORE water so as to make your connection fee more worthwhile.

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    1. Guybrush Threepwood上午8:09

      My latest water bill: $297.84, while my water usage is just 22kL. Water usage related amount is "just" $54.24.

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    2. 真的很貴呀!慳著用還是付那麼多,真荒謬。
      我19年前初來澳洲時,與水有關的費用,是市政費一部份,只是幾十元而已。

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    3. 請問Senior Citizen有没有優待?
      美國就有.

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    4. 我還未到,待查。

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  2. 內地的才俊移民入了市政府向大陸學習幫市政府略水巧立名目!

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    1. 也不是,實情是市政府成立了一間「公司」承包水務之後,越收越貴。
      很多原先是政府負責的公共服務,都用這個方法斂財。

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    2. 哈哈哈,
      陸克民是中國通,
      承包商可以包括內地移民?

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    3. 無啦,為了避嫌,反而施政要如履薄冰,不招大細超之譏才是。
      (他的女婿是香港人)

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    4. 叫得中國通 阿 Rudd 當然不會出面喇!

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  3. Is water in Australia too expensive? It depends how you look at it. I know it is meaningless to compare my water bill with yours. However, I can tell you that I pay close to Can$1000 a year for water and sewage. I live in a small town in Ontario. It is life’s necessity that I have to pay no matter what. I know it will cost me more if I am allowed to fetch water from the river. In rural Canada homeowners can dig a well to draw water and use septic tank to treat your own sewage. Would it be cheaper than connection to a municipal system? I cannot tell. But considering the maintenance and operating of the system, I doubt I will opt for that route.

    The water charge actually is a government tax. Consumers are free to lobby the government to reduce the bill or free of charge. However, the government expenses must come from somewhere and there is only one tax payer that is us.

    Or one can lobby for privatization of the water department. The taxpayers will pay the true operating cost plus the profits of the corporation that runs it.

    Samson
    Ontario, Canada

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    1. 你在加拿大一年1000加元,也和我在澳洲差不多,看來大家無得怨了。

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    2. GTA 水費的 component 比 Brisbane 少啲雜項,
      經驗說因為要個 front lawn back lawn 綠草如茵,
      在沒有下雨的時候要早晚灑水,冬天應該費用較低!

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    3. 不管水費高低,保持慳水習慣是好的。
      搞個靚草坪實在是很不環保。

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    4. 不保養好個 Lawn 會被洋人鄰居投訴,例如:雜草叢生不及時鏟草也嘢官非。
      Markham 有個洋女人在郵箱塗鴉 “No more Chinese!”

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    5. Guybrush Threepwood下午6:25

      I have no problem paying the fair amount if that is needed. I am not happy, however to not tie the bulk of the bill to water usage. This makes a very little incentive to use less water, which is what we as a whole should aim for. In fact, as I have commented, it's actually encourage more water usage!

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  4. Raymond上午9:36

    小弟上一季的水費$104。119日用了29立方米。

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    1. 比我平得多了,還是4個月呢。

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  5. 「排污費」真是很勁,而且沒辦法節省。我像你一樣,只是做飯、飲用、洗衣和淋浴,清潔車只用水抹,從不澆草,但水費還比你高。

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    1. 可能府上人比我多...

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    2. No. 二人一狗;和你差不多;但我是住在 NSW.

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  6. 但你們澳洲的水質超靚, 可憐香港人要用貴價屎水, 再耗費大量金錢消毒

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    1. 理論上,食水離開濾水廠時,是超乾淨的。
      但那個輸往住宅的系統是很舊的,有些已有百年。有個做過市政府工程部的朋友告訴我,掘開一些舊水管,看到內部生滿綠色的植物,中間只有如筷子般幼的通道給水流過!

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    2. Hopefully, those 綠色的植物 filter the water. (Kidding.)
      You're right, the problem is in the pipes. I won't drink tap water without filtering it. You never know what's in it. A problem in the US is that there are prescription drugs in many cities' water systems.

      A few years ago I had a problem with my tap water after my complex installed some new pipes. I found some thick, deep brown residual liquid I hadn't seen before in my distillation machine. I suspected that it's something on the pipe connections. They wouldn't fix it. Well, I found out that filtering would do the job getting rid of the brown thing. So, I didn't need to distill the water. Otherwise, it would have cost me a lot more. --zpdrmn

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  7. 英國的水費也很貴。我這間屋是四位朋友分租,每月每人要交£11.05,即是一間屋每一季(三個月)=£11.05*4*3=£132.6 = 澳幣約 $220。電和煤氣也很貴,最高試過一季£413.06,冬天暖氣很貴!另外,council tax = £1500 一年 (學生可免費,一般人按房屋價值計算) 。TV license = £145 一年(當然也可以選擇不看電視,只靠上網看新聞)
    :-(

    題外話,似乎只有英鎊叫 pounds,英國所有殖民地都叫 dollars (Canadian Dollars, Australian Dollars, Hong Kong Dollars) ,何解?

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    1. 澳洲以前也叫pound,1966年改為dollar。
      加拿大很早,1860年代就跟美國的十進制dollar了。
      香港就不知道了。

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    2. //美國的十進制dollar// That's probably the only thing here that is in the metric system. Hehe.
      We still use miles, gallons, ounces, Fahrenheit etc. We are more British than the British in this.

      When I showed my kids some math problems using the metric system, my kids asked me why I used it. Americans! LOL --zpdrmn

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  8. Cheer up. It's not that expensive. It's around $100 per month, even if you use some more water. Sewage treatment isn't cheap. You don't want pollution in your water system. (Years ago sewage treatment might not have been that expensive and the standards that high.) --zpdrmn

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    1. 似乎就是這樣了。

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  9. I am living in Logan area, I have SEPTIC tank, so no need to pay sewerage charge. I have 35,000L rain water tank for toilet, shower, washing. Only kitchen sink use town water for cooking.

    My recent water bill only consumed 5kL water, so for 87 days, cost me $69.75 for water service charge and $16.41 water consumption = $86.16. Here Logan water charge higher then Brisbane. Council rate cost me $353.35.

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    1. 不用公家的排污,果然省了一大截。

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    2. forgot to mention that I am family of 5.

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  10. just few bucks per day in fact, man. you can't count it in other currency, man. if you got senior citizen card...you can ask for discount, man. guess public utilities like this tend to do it like Robinhood, `ripping off' those who can afford and subsidising those who can't. fair enough, man.

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    1. 不同外地比,就以澳論澳,也是年年加,當市民是羊牯啦。

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    2. zero growth economy is the answer, but seldom heard of one of its presenters like David Suzuki these days, man!

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  11. 86 days 27 cubic meters
    Water charge:
    1st tier : 8.484 c.m. =$0.00
    2nd tier : 18.516 c.m. =$77.02
    Water charge:
    8.484 c.m. =$0.00
    18.516 c.m. = $37.95
    Total amount : $114.97

    KL

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  12. 對不起,$37.95是sewage charge
    香港水費便宜很多呢。
    KL

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    1. 香港已經是買貴了東江水,否則更平。

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  13. 實在是開門七件事?

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    1. 水、電、電話、保險,樣樣都貴。

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  14. 今次水費單是18立方米 = 18000升, 盛惠38港元
    澳洲水費的確很貴, 但大部份是來自雜費, 特別是「接駁費」「排污費」, 澳洲是不是極度注重環保 ?

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    1. 算是,不過我們這個城市的市政府,亦屬「洗腳唔抹」,刮龍之流。

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  15. 如果成季唔用水(例如去咗旅行),係咪都要交其他雜費?

    amo

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  16. 澳洲生活開支很大,車保險如年少於一萬公哩,住屋保險地址也會影晌保費,少數怕長計!

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    1. 住屋保險更是暴斂,日後會再談。

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  17. 每日約 300升用水仍是高,我們人數比你多,用水量卻低一半,廁所水箱用水最多,改裝了用節水的沖水未?

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    1. 我們已用超細的馬桶水箱,還有用半桶水沖的選擇。
      可能是洗衫洗得多(已用frontloading的慳水洗衣機)

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  18. I [3 ppl] used 68 KL in 123 days.
    Water charges HK$302
    Sewage charges HK$104
    Total for 4 months:HK$406

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  19. 我在Melb,水費比你的平很多啊。
    2人在90天內用了34kL,water usage = $60.37
    Sewage Disposal = $39.73
    合共$100.1。
    不用給供水費跟接駁費。

    當然香港更平宜啦~

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