Court rules in favor of water rate increase

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Costa Rica's constitutional court has ruled against an injunction by a consumer group trying to prevent state utility AyA from raising water rates.

Public services regulator Aresep had approved a rate increase beginning in October 2010 to correct a funding deficiency in the December 2009 rate schedule, the regulator said in a release.

Tariffs for potable water and sewerage services will go up by 4.48% and 1.54% respectively, adding to the previously approved increases for 2011. Customers will pay 13.7% more for water and 11.6% more for sewerage service compared with 2010, paper La Nación reported.

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AyA will implement the new rates as soon as Aresep issues a resolution with the new rate schedule.