Date: 2015/07/27 22:48:50
By: Milly Lin and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, July 27 (CNA) The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA, 經濟部) is expected to pass a differentiated water-price system on Tuesday to raise water rates for families in Taipei with monthly water consumption exceeding 20 cubic meters starting next year.
According to the plan, heavy users at various levels will be subject to a surcharge of up to 30 percent on their water bills, according to the MOEA.
For instance, heavy users with monthly consumption exceeding 1,000 cubic meters will have to pay NT$21 per cubic meter, while those with monthly consumption of 20 cubic meters or less will remain subject to current rates as low as NT$5 per cubic meter.
That means that around 62 percent of water consumers, or 941,000 households, whose monthly water consumption is less than 20 cubic meters will not be affected by the new rates. [FULL STORY]