Private resellers in Mexico’s federal district (DF) are charging up to 221% more than the regular rate for water, according to data from national consumer protection agency Profeco.
The resellers, who operate from tankers, purchase one cubic meter of water for 28 pesos (US$2.10) from the local government and resell it for as much as 90 pesos, a difference of 221%, Profeco reported on its website.
Mexico City water utility SACM charges residents an average of 3.50 pesos per cubic meter.
Many districts in the city have experienced cuts in their water supply, due to the serious drought that is currently affecting the area.
Some of these districts receive water from the government in shifts, which is a free service. However, in many cases residents rely on private suppliers, who offer water at a premium.
Profeco recommended that residents install water saving devices in their homes, which can reduce water usage per person by up to 30,000l/y.
Source: BNamericas [subscritption site], 06 Oct 2009