Water company gets a hike of 25 percent for hydrants

Water rates are going up three colons a cubic meter, the nation’s regulatory agency said Tuesday.

The beneficiary is the Instituto Nacional de  Acueductos y Alcantarillados. But the costs will be passed down to customers of the small community water companies, too.

This is a 25 percent increase in water rates. The current cost is 12 colons a cubic meter.

The fixed rate for customers who do not have a meter is going up, too. The  Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos approved a monthly increase of 40 colons. The current rate now is 280 colons.

The water company asked for more than a doubling of the rates.

The three-colon increase will help pay for the installation of some 5,000 fire hydrants over the next 10 years, said the regulating agency.

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