Usually you read that water utilities in Latin America want to increase rates to be able to invest in improved services or reduce consumption in the wake of looming shortages (see examples from Mexico and Colombia). Not so in Chile. The country’s award-winning sanitation service authority SISS announced that potable water and sewage service rates would decrease by an average of 2.8% as of 15 January 2010.,
The decrease will benefit about 1.4mn clients whose average monthly consumption is 15m3 in regions II, IV, V, X, XI, XII and the metropolitan region.
Economic index values are the principal cause for the rate reduction, according to SISS.
Potable water and sewage service rates fell by an average of 7.4% during 2009 for the same reason.
Source: BNamericas.com [subscription site], 12 Jan 2010