Water Prices Set To Go Through The Roof in Costa Rica


The Union of the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (Sitraa) requested the adjustment to the Aresep review of all water consumption rates which came into effect on August 7.

This was recorded by the secretary of the trade union organization Alvaro Espinoza, this morning at a press conference.

“We believe that the agreed implementation for rate adjustment is excessive and unequal,” said Espinoza.

He added that many individuals can not face this increase in rates.

“This is money that will not enter the organization,” said the representative of the workers of the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA).

According to new fees established by the Regulatory Authority of Public Services (to Aresep), the average residential rate will increase by 25% in water service and 77% for sewerage.

In this way for example, for a family that consumes 20 cubic meters per monththe payment will be ¢ 7,757 to ¢ 13,625 whereas before this rate was around ¢5000.

In this sense, AyA pointed out that income from employers and government consumption will fall from 24.2% and 15.1% respectively.

Therefore, according to Secretary of Sitraa, “residential rate goes to subsidize commercial discount rates.”