The Colombian government will issue a presidential decree in January 2010 to increase water tariffs in an effort to moderate water consumption in the country, local paper La República reported.
Rates will be adjusted in each region according to water usage and climate variables, environment and housing minister Carlos Costa was quoted as saying.
Households located in cold areas with a monthly consumption of more than 28m3 will experience rate increases, as will households in warm areas that consume over 34m3/month and those in hot areas with a monthly consumption exceeding 35m3, the report said.
According to government projections, some 100 municipalities are at risk of water rationing in 2010, as a result of the El Niño weather phenomenon, which affects rainfall amounts.
Bogotá city does not appear to be at risk and is using its potable water reserve to support the water supply in its surrounding municipalities, according to the report.
A total of 13 municipalities are already experiencing water rationing, including Villeta, La Mesa, Apulo, Barichara and San Juan Nepomuceno.
Source: BNamericas.com [subscription site], 23 Dec 2009