Saudi Arabia downplays water tariff restructuring

The impact of the oil price crash has forced one of the cheapest places in the world for water to rethink its approach to pricing. Despite the potential for tackling unsustainable levels of water use, the authorities are keen to play down the impact of the changes.

The Ministry of Water and Electricity (MOWE) in Saudi Arabia has introduced new tariffs for water, which it claims will curb out-of-control levels of usage in the Kingdom.

The radical new pricing structure in what had been one of the world’s cheapest countries for municipal water pricing has the effect of both increasing the price paid for water, and reclassifying the slabs governing...

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