Tariff rises outstripped by inflation

A 3.6% rise in global water tariffs over the past year falls desperately short of what is required to support the forecast investment in the sector. GWI’s Hector Brown drills down into the numbers.

Global water tariffs failed to keep pace with inflation last year, rising by an average of 3.6% between July 2011 and July 2012 at constant exchange rates. This compares to a 6.8% rise over the preceding 12-month period.

The average water and wastewater tariff for the 310 cities in the 2012 GWI Water Tariff Survey is $1.98/m3. This average was produced by calculating the bill for a household...

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