Water and sewer rates scheduled to drop Wednesday

Water and sewer rates are going down for customers of the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados.

The reduction is 26 percent for water and 13 percent for sewer service, said the nation’s regulatory agency.

The agency, the  Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos, said that an appeal by the national water and sewer company had been rejected and it appears that the agency known as AyA has enough funds to maintain stability.

The reduction takes effect Wednesday.

The rates were approved in 2012 as part of a new system and were supposed to go into effect last year.

The water rates are different for household and commercial users. Businesses pay more until heavy usage is reached, and then the rates are equal. That point comes at a monthly use of 60 cubic meters of water.

Sewer rates are keyed to water usage, and the same favoritism exists for low-usage households.

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