Peru’s ministers council (PCM) has proposed a new potable water tariff scheme based on users’ socioeconomic status, according to official gazette El Peruano.
The scheme, which would involve increased subsidies for poor areas, aims to mitigate the effects of a proposed tariff hike by national sanitation authority Sunass, according to PCM president Javier Velásquez Quesquén.
Sunass has proposed raising water rates by 2%. Lima’s state water utility Sedapal, however, said that water rates must go up by 10.26% to fund initiatives such as the Huascacocha water transfer project and Taboada and La Chira wastewater treatment plants.
“Someone from sector D or E will consume more or less 10m3 per month, so we can’t burden them with a 10% tariff increase,” said Velásquez Quesquén.
PCM is now discussing the rates with Sunass and Sedapal, according to the report.
Source: BNamericas.com [subscription site], 31 Mar 2010