Mogadouro, São Pedro do Sul, Tabuaço, Foz Côa and Mêda increase water rates for consumers who spend the most.
People who consume the most will start to feel the weight of the water bill. For now, the price has risen in only five municipalities in the north and center of the country. The councils of Mogadouro, São Pedro do Sul, Tabuaço, Vila Nova de Foz Côa and Mêda requested and were approved by the Regulatory Authority for Water and Sanitation Services (ERSAR) to update prices. In times of drought, the regulator wants municipalities to follow suit and raise rates to avoid waste and encourage savings (see box).
In Mogadouro, the new rates, imposed by the drought, are already in force. “The rates of the first levels remain. Only large consumers will pay more, but the increase was no more than 20 cents”, explains the mayor, António Pimentel.