Major increases approved for AyA water and sewer rates

The nation’s price regulating agency has approved a 25 percent hike in water and a 77 percent hike is sewer services. A family using an average amount of water will face an increase in both categories of 5,868 colons, about 77 percent in total.

The increases are far less than what the Instituto Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados sought. The company wanted a 48 percent increase in water and a 150 percent increase in sewer service.

The price fixing agency, the Authoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos said the increases were to give the company money for infrastructure upgrades and also to make consumers save water.
The sewer fees are based on water use. Additional increases were approved for July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, said the authority.

The national water company also was instructed to present a proposal within one year for an environmental surcharge.

The water company, known as AyA is the nation’s major water provider. The increase will have varying impacts on other water systems depending on how they obtain the fluid. Some regional systems have their own wells.

Others buy the water from AyA.

The new rates go into effect when the legal order is published in the La Gaceta official newspaper, probably before Aug. 1.

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