Juan G. R. Service fees applied to urban water consumption, greatly raising the water cost.
Water & Irrigation.Vol 2, Nº 1:3-4, Spain.
The average price of a m3 of water consumed in urban conditions in the province of Alicante in the Valencia Community has gradually increased and now reaches a value of 2.33 euros per m3, which is considered high in comparison with other cities of Spain, the most important component of that cost is the service fee with respect of: water, sewer and sanitation represent about 62% overall total cost.
Tariffs for water in different cities of the Autonomous Communities of Spain vary considerably in response to technical criteria, economic, political, water shortages, guidelines for local councils and management companies involved in water,indicating that the Spanish state must control and regulate the price of water applied to different communities, ensuring that the water is paid for it really costs for its management and sustainability.
The price of water supply in the city of Alicante in Valencia, currently has an average value of 2.33 euros per m3 of water consumed, as a result of dividing the total of what you pay in euros between the average quarterly consumption in m3, in the present case is of 24 m3 of water consumed for a core of 3 people per apartment for a mean value of 55.92 euros for the quarter that corresponds to an average daily consumption of 90 liters per person. The current rate has been increasing over the years and should be taken into account that pays a service fee separately for water, sewer and sanitation , fees have been increasing gradually and that set service fees represent about 62% of the water bill, which is high if one takes into account that the service fee must be paid regardless of consumption water, without consuming water must pay the 2 / 3 of the value of the invoice to include payment for maintaining water counter and pay the IVA.
The assessed value is increased another look as both the sewer and sanitation fees include the costs of additional water, as it turns out that the average value of which is actually the water is less than 20% of the total value what the consumer pays. The problem of the cost of water is accentuated even more when there is any leakage of water on site and users must pay for this loss of water bills in excess more of 100 euros per quarter.
The water consumption rates applied consider low prices of water for consumption up to 9 m3, for a consumption of 10 to 30 m3 and fee increases of over 30 m3 consumed is greatly increased water rates. The use of a low rate to 9 m3 benefits only a core of a single individual consumers and undermine the core of people from more than one individual that are most common, as any normal person consumes 100 liters per day is representing a minimum consumption of 9 m3 per quarter, other users of the village that are hurt as they have to pay more expensive rates for the same per capita water consumption. capita. During the period until 2011 de2004 the accrued service fee to consider water, sewer and sanitation fees, increased on average by over 40%, which is considered high.
Tariffs for water in different cities of the Autonomous Communities of Spain vary considerably in response to technical criteria, economic, political, water shortages, guidelines for local councils and management companies involved in water. Water is a common good of all the Spanish and the Spanish people use it, so the Spanish government should control and regulate the price of water in different regions, ensuring that water is paid for what it really costs, it exploitation and sustainability, making it possible to run the hydraulic works necessary to reduce energy costs and operating costs per m3 of water, making the m3 of water consumed more cheaper, even considering that it is possible to further regulate runoff of many Spanish rivers, without affecting their ecological flow.
In 1965 I was as engineer, working in a company of hydraulic resources, assessed the technical economic indicators of: hydraulic works, supply to the city and the irrigation and drainage systems, at that time was considered a work was feasible to run when the operating costs of a m3 of water was about 5 cents per m3, how is it possible that 45 years later, the cost of water in urban areas has increased by more than 40 times or over 4000%?, it is true that the cost of living has become more expensive, but not so rapidly, reflecting that should improve the country’s water policy, in order to achieve a more rational use water resources and reduce the economic costs of water concept, since it is known that water is a component of production costs and declining costs will make us more competitive in the agricultural sector, urban and industrial as well as helps reduce the cost of living.