Water bills in Rīga set for summer price rise

From June 1, the total water supply and sewerage tariff in Riga will increase by 22.4%, reaching 2.35 euros without value added tax (VAT) per cubic meter instead of the previous 1.92 euros, according to a decision of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

From June 1, the tariff for water supply services in the city will be 1.02 euros without VAT per cubic meter, which is 0.17 euros more than at present, but the tariff for sewerage services will be 0.91 euros without VAT per cubic meter, which is 0.17 euros more than before.

Meanwhile, the tariff for wastewater treatment services will be 0.42 euros without VAT per cubic meter instead of the previous 0.33 euros or 0.09 euros more than before.

Consequently, the total water supply and sewerage tariff will increase from 1.92 euros without VAT per one cubic meter to 2.35 euros or by 22.4%.

In Riga, water supply and sewerage services are provided by SIA "Rīgas ūdens". The company's previous tariffs were approved on June 1, 2018.

 

Meanwhile in Rēzekne, some residents are opting to have no hot water at all through the summer months in order to save money.

From May to the next heating season, some Rēzekne residents will not have hot water, Aleksandrs Bartaševičs, Chairman of Rēzekne City Council, told the LETA newswire.

In a population survey, two options were offered on the municipality's website: either going from May until the next heating season without centrally-supplied hot water, or paying a lot more to keep it flowing.

By April 22, almost 1,600 responses had been received, with almost 1,100 residents opting for cold water only and 496 residents willing to pay more for hot water.

Bartaševičs explained that the municipal company "Rēzeknes siltumtīkli" will not supply hot water in the center of Rēzekne.

"Part of the population is considering switching to boilers in their homes as an option, including in the northern district. We are currently looking at energy prices in the market every month," he said. 

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