Water rates fixed again to promote conservation

The nation’s price regulating agency said that it has revived the concept of higher rates for higher water use after the national water company appealed an August hike.

Last Aug 6, the Authoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos approved a rate hike of 25 percent for water and 77 percent for sewers. The sewage is not actually measured but estimated based on water use.

To encourage saving water, the agency said that it readjusted the rates for the Instituto Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados by setting up a system for both domestic water use and water use by businesses.

The increases based on usage for businesses range from 26 percent to 53 percent with sewage increasing topping out at 120 percent.

The net result is that homeowners will be paying 16,685 colons monthly (about $33.90) for using 30 cubic meters of water. That is about 8,000 gallons. Businesses will be paying 44,790 colons (about $90.94) for the same amount

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