Tariff rises begin to feel the pressure

Regulatory concerns kept a lid on global tariff rises last year, although drought conditions pushed rates in Latin America and the US to fresh highs. How sustainable are the new levels?

Growth in domestic water and wastewater charges continued to outstrip inflation in the year to July 2015, with the global average combined tariff rising by 4.1% to $1.96/m3, at constant exchange rates.

Increased energy prices, and the impact of the strong dollar on the price of imports and international debt service obligations, have seen many utilities continue to offload costs onto consumers....

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