Govt considering differentiated water rates for La Paz industries

Monday, April 4, 2011

Bolivia's national government is studying the possibility of charging a differentiated rate for industrial facilities using wells and industrial water tanks in capital city La Paz, according to environment and water minister Mabel Monje.

The ministry's water department is considering a special rate that is particularly aimed at beverage factories, state news agency ABI reported, without naming the companies involved.

Authorities will carry out studies to determine the number of wells existing and define adequate water rates. Modifications to industrial water use regulations will also be necessary, with changes including prohibiting the use of hazardous liquids, the minister said.

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The misuse of wells in La Paz has caused groundwater leaks that can lead to mudslides. On February 27, a large mudslide damaged over 1,400 homes in 14 districts in La Paz.