Da Nang to increase water rates to slow rising demand

Da Nang City is set to substantially raise the price of clean water at the beginning of next year, with new costs as high as double the current rates, the municipal administration has said.

They have taken the decision to cope with the higher demand for water.

The new prices will be based on consumption levels and also vary by region.

Under the new pricing structure, the cost of tap water supplied by the Da Nang Water Supply Water Company (DAWACO) and Sai Gon-Da Nang Investment Joint Stock Company for a rural family using less than 10 cubic metres is to increase to VND2,950 (USmodule_ussslot1_2_1_2_1_data.14) per cubic metre, an increase of 34.1 per cent.

For urban users, the cost will rise to VND3,700 (module_ussslot1_2_1_2_1_data.17), which is an increase of 50.4 per cent.

For those who use between 10 and 30 cubic metres per month, the price will increase to VND3,500 (module_ussslot1_2_1_2_1_data.16) per cubic metres in rural areas and VND4,400 (module_ussslot1_2_1_2_1_data.2) per cubic metre in urban areas.

This means increases of 59.1 and 78.8 per cent for those two groups.

The price of tap water for a rural family using more than 30 cubic metres will be VND4,300 per cubic metre, an increase of 95.4 per cent. For urban users, the price will be VND5,400 per cubic metre, an increase of 120 per cent. These prices will vary from region to region.

At the moment, water prices range from VND2,700 to VND8,000 per cubic metre. The current water price was set in 2004.

Mai Thi Le, an immigrant worker in Da Nang City, said her life had become much harder with the cost of goods rapidly increasing in the run up to the Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays.

"The landlord said the water price would increase 50 per cent next month. I share a room with three girls, yet the current water cost is already about VND100,000 ($4.7) per month," Le said.

Vice chairman of the municipal People's Council Vo Duy Khuong said that the water price increases were legal; however, it was very sudden for local residents.

Nguyen Truong Anh, director of DAWACO, the key supplier of tap water in Da Nang City, said the increase would help the company compensate for water production losses over the last six years.

"The current price doesn't include additional fees for environmental taxes, drainage exploitation and equipment system installation. Then there are the increasing electricity costs and the cleaning chemicals we need," Anh said.

In recent years, the city authority has compensated the water companies to the tune of VND40 billion ($2.04 million) per year.

Anh also said that the company would improve its service quality, including installing water readers free of charge for those who were yet to connect up to the system.

From VietNamNews

Newer Articles
  • National road set for upgrade
  • Over 16.5tr dong to build Dong Hoi seaport in central
  • Da Nang takes lead in competitiveness index
  • Ethnicity’s place of courtship recognized as cultural site
  • Hong Kong-invested GreenFeed puts Dong Nai factory online
  • 10 projects earmarked for Cau Treo
  • Mekong Expo 2011 opens in Can Tho Province
  • VN Business Summit opens in HN
  • HCM City takes lead in FDI attraction in April
  • Soc Trang to host 2nd Vietnam rice festival in November
Older Articles
  • HN to open large-scale projects for non-public sectors
  • Son La tourism-cultural week 2010 to be held
  • Helping farmers escape poverty with what localities have
  • Unity houses handed over to the poor in Kontum
  • City to relocate cemetery for residential area, park
  • New bridges to ease traffic jams
  • Rach Chiec (first phase) and Thu Thiem Bridges open to traffic
  • Cam Ranh becomes provincial city
  • Foreign visitors to HCMC surge 20% in 2010
  • City slams slow, poor quality building projects
Latest News
  • Vietnamese software firms consider Japan as the major market
  • Despite problems, 2011 FDI spending equals 2010
  • EVNTelecom asks for government’s approval to sell 12pct stake for VTC
  • Vietnamese enterprises expanding into international markets
  • Ernst & Young Vietnam role to be examined
  • Vietnamese firms invest over $24.5b in foreign countries as of July-end
  • Vietnam Insurance Market: Keeping Double-digit Growth
  • Vietnam’s economy looks grim with ADB’s forecast
  • Ministry rejects import-export tax changes
  • Government okays anti-dumping suit against US
For Foreigners
  • Adb: policy tightening will lower inflation
  • HSBC, Barclays to advise Vietinbank’s planned overseas dollar bond sale
  • Vietnam govt to service debt for troubled cement projects
  • Calm heads prevail as the forex market to remain cool
  • Further fiscal & monetary tightening in coming months
  • IMF cuts Vietnam’s inflation forecast to 9.5pct in 2011
  • Vietnam’s dong has best week since 1997 after dollar rates curb
  • Vietnam tightens control over state-bank partnership
  • Foreign investors list problems in Vietnam
  • Foreign invested enterprises complain about customs procedures

BusinessTradeVietnamGovernmentFDIWorld economyVietnamese PartyEconomyEconomicMarketState managementPrime MinisterHCM cityHanoiHo Chi MinhCPIAsianWorldAmericaEuropeNguyen Tan DungHau GiangMekong DeltariceStandingMekongCambodiausajapanchinakoreaLai ChauHoa BinhHoi AnChu LaiQuang NamDa nangCan thoSon LaPower PlantMinistry of IndustryDung QuatOilSingaporeThailandMalaysiaIndonesiaLaosVietnameseFDI capitalinvestorsforeign investorNetherlandsUSservicetransportationinfrastructuretourismVNPostExpressSpainGoldTra fishexportcontractstouristMiddle AreaConstructionShipbuildingIndustryCompanyIndustrial ZonebudgetDong NaiBinh DuongVung TauTay NinhBinh PhuocTay NinhLong AnTien GiangUS investorshydropower plantQuang NinhNha TrangStock ExchangeHNXIndexcapitalAgricultureDong ThapAn GiangExport-Processing ZoneYen BaiLao CaiLai ChauDien BienSon LaHoa BinhPhu ThoHa GiangTuyen QuangBac KanLang SonCao BangmanufacturersAseanRussiadevelopmentAviationinflationHong KongAmericanChamber of CommerceSeafoodODAWBIMFFEDAsia-PacificAssociationcountriesEuropeanmarine economyThanh HoaNghe AnNam DinhHa TinhPhu LýVinh PhucBac NinhBac GiangHung YenHai DuongBinh ThuanBinh PhuocLam DongGia LaiKon tumQuang NgaiQuang BinhQuang TriNinh ThuanCa MauBac LieuSoc TrangTra VinhKien GiangVinh LongBen TreincomespoliciesLawassetsNatural GasBuildingstatisticsstrategyDa Latmineral exploitationprocessingindustrieselectricitywatersupplyEnterprisesforestryfisherycommunicationsreal estatetransportationCorruptionbauxiteSecuritiesInsuranceBankFinanceAccountgoodsTrade BalancecoffeeCoalfestivalHa NamNinh BinhHoa BinhUniversityArtsBooktravelVietnam VisaVisaPagodaCommitteePeople's CommitteeVinashincompaniesHoa PhatHSBCACBvietcombankvietinbank

Copyright 2010 © 
Powered by: CIINS Design by: