BUSINESS operators are about to get the chance of relief from what they say are excessive water and sewerage charges, with a forum being organised with the service provider.
Nanjing Night Net

Launceston Chamber of Commerce executive officer Michael Bailey said the chamber and Ben Lomond Water yesterday agreed to the forum so water and sewerage charges for businesses could be explained and customers could ask questions.

Mr Bailey said he expected the forum would be held next month, and would be a working lunch for up to two hours.

The forum follows concerns this week from Launceston business leaders that they were being charged too much and Ben Lomond’s charges were unfair.

He said today’s meeting that decided on the forum produced good information from the water and sewerage corporation, so he expected the forum would also be useful.

A Ben Lomond Water spokeswoman said the corporation was keen to explain its position and urged anyone with concerns to attend, as they would get answers.

She said the three-year price and service plan that began on July 1 was fixed, but a lower bill was possible through a reassessment of individual businesses.

The corporation uses various criteria, such as the type of business or the fittings at the business, to determine the bill.

If a business assessment was wrong, the charges would be adjusted.

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