A consumer group has lost a Sala IV constitutional court case against higher water rates, and the price is going up.
The appeal came from the Asociación de Consumidores, which said that the rate-setting agency, the Authoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos, made an error when he readjusted water rates last October. That was when the agency was
attempting to make up for an error in computation when it set the rate in 2009.
The water provider is the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados. The agency suspended the new rates during the time the case was before the constitutional court. Now, it said, it will make an adjustment to allow the water company to recover the money it lost. Estimates are that domestic water rates will go up when the new rates are issued.