Another rate increase: the running water service will rise 32% in two sections

After the electricity and gas increaseswhich will begin to have an impact on the rates for the month of July, the National Government made official the rise in two tranches of the price of water supply. The increase is due to the fact that the current amounts “not enough to cover all costs arising from the provision of services.

The official note was published in the Official Gazette on June 23 through Resolution 91/2022, which has the heading of the Secretary of Public Works, Carlos Augusto Rodriguez. The regulation proposes an increase in the 30% in two installments: the first of them will be from July 1 and will reach 20%, while the second will be on the first day of October and will reach 10%.

However, throughout the year the price will rise to 32% and will apply to the City of Buenos Aires and 25 matches in the Greater Buenos Aires area.

The preliminary of this determination of the National Government derived from a public hearing that carried out Argentine Water and Sanitation (AYSA)the state company commanded by Malena Galmarini. .

There they agreed that “the current rate levels are significantly lower than those established as economic-financial balance in the regulatory framework”

Part of this freeze that began with the pandemic, generated problems in operating costs and the rates covered about half of their value, 49.5%. “Fee revenues are not enough to cover all costs derived from the provision of services”, they detailed from AYSA.

As happened with gas and electricity, the first increase will begin in the seventh month of the year. At the beginning of June, the National Electricity Regulatory Entity (IN RE) and the National Gas Regulatory Entity (Engargas) reported that new increases will be applied to the services of electricity and gas of at least 16% for users.

Enargas reported an increase in twenty%while the increase in light remained below with a 16.5%, according to the ENRE. The Secretary of Energy He was the one who instructed both agencies to implement the increases corresponding to each of the services.

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Water increase: what does it say about the social rate

The first two articles of the resolution detail the increase in the coefficient that will be reflected in the rates in July and October, while the second and third explain what will happen to users covered by the social rate.

“Apply to the beneficiary users of the Social Rate Program with a benefit in force until the entry into force of this measure, a additional discount that neutralizes the effect of the application of the tariff modification established by the present in its articles 1° and 2°; said discount will be maintained until the date of renewal or termination of such benefit,” says the first of them.

Article four specifies that the beneficiaries who join between July 1, 2022 and September 30, 2022 “an additional discount that neutralizes the effect of the application of the tariff modification established hereby in its article 2” , which will be maintained until the renewal or termination of the benefit.

In addition, it was establishedSuspend for five years the collection of the charge for meter installation to those users of all categories who request the metered billing modality, according to the approved plans and budget”.

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It also exempts users who request the metered billing modality and readjust their internal facilities to be supplied independently, for a period of five years, from connection charges.

“The provisions of this article will only reach the functional units belonging to buildings subdivided into horizontal property or analogous regime, supplied through one or more connections in an undivided manner, existing at the entry into force of this resolution and will not be applicable to new constructions”, clarifies the official text.

These specifications refer to the fact that a large part of the meters are found in Greater Buenos Aires, in homes, something different from what happens in Buenos Aires territory, where the meters are usually per building.

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