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Water rates in the Taipei area to go up next year

Water rates in the Taipei area to go up next year

Taipei, July 29 (CNA) Water rates for Taipei Water Department customers are expected to rise by an average of 30 percent next year after the proposed new rates were approved by the Ministry of Economic Affairs on Tuesday.
The fee hikes, to take effect in January 2016, will not affect the roughly 941,000 households, or 61.89 percent of all households, in Taipei and parts of New Taipei served by the department that use less than 20 cubic meters of water per month.
But around 1,800 big water consumers such as hotels, department stores, hospitals, swimming pool operators and electronics factories served by the department will see their water bills increase by NT$43,330 (US$1,375) per month on average.
The new rates were approved by the Economic Affairs Ministry at a water rate assessment committee meeting held at the ministry on Tuesday.
Vice Economic Affairs Minister Yang Wei-fuu said during the meeting that it will become common practice to adjust water rates, noting that the fees charged by the Taipei Water Department and Taiwan Water Corp. will be reviewed every four years.
For Taipei Water Department customers, water rates are calculated by combining a basic fee plus a fee per cubic meter consumed under a five-tier system that prices water between NT$5 and NT$7.6 per cubic meter. The total average price for water including the basic fee works out to about NT$8.39 per cubic meter.
Water in the rest of Taiwan is supplied by the Taiwan Water Corp. (TWC). It uses a four-tier pricing system, with a cubic meter of water priced between NT$7.35 and NT$12.075, higher than in Taipei.
Including the basic fee, the average price of the water it supplies is NT$10.93 per cubic meter.
TWC water users are expected to see water rate hikes at the end of 2016. (By Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-17 05:15 GMT+08:00