Hanoi proposes to increase the price of domestic water
According to the proposal of Hanoi Department of Finance, the highest price for domestic water in 2024 will be 27,000 VND/m3 if using more than 30 m3/household/month.
According to the proposal, the retail price of domestic water for the first 10 m3 (household/month) from 5,973 VND/m3 (~$0.25) now will be increased to 7,500 VND/m3 (~$0.32) in the last 6 months of 2023 and to 8,500 VND/m3 (~$0.36) in 2024. The highest price for domestic water in 2024 will be 27,000 VND/m3 (~$1.15) if using more than 30 m3/household/month.
The working group to appraise the water price adjustment plan, consisting of officials from 6 departments and agencies, has calculated that the actual water demand in Hanoi in the inner city is at 100-150 liters/day/person. Thus, each household will use 10-16 m3/month, equivalent to an additional amount of 15,000-26,000 VND (~$0.64 - $1.11) per month. In rural areas, if using 50-70 litres/day/person, a household will use 6-8 m3/month, so the extra amount they have to spend is 10,000-13,000 VND ($0.43 - $0.55) per month.
The price of clean water proposed to be adjusted in Hanoi is equivalent or lower than that of other provinces and cities. For example, the payment for the first 10m3 of water in Hanoi is 75,000 VND ($3.2)/household, Binh Duong is 101,500 VND ($4.33)/household, Quang Ninh is 81,000 VND ($3.45)/household, Dien Bien is 80,000 VND ($3.41)/household.
Explaining the above proposal, the appraisal team said that in the past 10 years, the city has not adjusted the price of clean water, while the cost of water price has fluctuated. Due to the government's policy to limit groundwater, the city has called for investment in a surface water plant with a higher production cost than groundwater. The requirement to improve the quality of domestic water also requires resources for investment. Besides, the adjusted price of clean water will encourage the sense of economical use of water for organisations and individuals, ensure social security and create financial autonomy for water supply enterprises, ensure efficient production and business activities and improve the quality of water supply services for the people of the Capital.
By December 31, 2022, the total water supply capacity of concentrated water plants in the city will reach about 1,530,000 m3/day. In which, groundwater production is 770,000 m3/day and surface water production is 750,000 m3/day. The rural water supply network has a designed capacity of each station of 300-1,000 m3/day. The average water loss rate of the whole city decreased from 24% to less than 18%. The appraisal team assesses that the capacity of concentrated water plants ensures stable, quality and safe water supply to the city. However, from 2025, if the projects do not ensure the schedule as planned, the supply of clean water for daily life may not be guaranteed for the city.
Source: the Internet