Water prices to in­crease ten fold

House­holds are charged for water con­sump­tion with­out a water me­ter

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL -

Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Government’s (KRG) Min­istry of Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and Tourism made a de­ci­sion to set the price of drink­ing water sup­ply to house­holds based on the size of the plot of land on which the house is built.

Ac­cord­ing to the de­ci­sion made in Au­gust 2012, the price of water is set to be IQD 50 per square me­ter per month.

Sai­wan Ahmed, a res­i­dent of Sheikh Mi­hied­din Quar­ter in Suleimaniya, says he used to pay IQD 1,000 (ap­prox­i­mately USD 0.83) per month for water for his 200 square me­ter house, but this has in­creased to IQD 10,000.

“On what ba­sis are they now charg­ing me 10 times as much as be­fore?” asked Ahmed.

Sozan Ahmed, an­other res­i­dent of the same neigh­bor­hood, says that the Min­istry should sup­ply them with water on a reg­u­lar sched­ule first and then think about in­creas­ing its price.

Hik­mat Aziz, eco­nomic ex­pert, ar­gues that price of any good or ser­vice should be set ac­cord­ing to con­sump­tion.

“You can­not in­crease the price of goods and ask ev­ery­one to pay the same price,” Aziz told the Globe. “Some peo­ple waste water while some oth­ers save water, and it is not fair for both to pay the same price.”

Farhad Mo­hammed, Sulaimaniya Water Di­rec­tor, says this price has been set for the whole re­gion.

“This rate will be valid un­til water me­ters will be in­stalled for house­holds,” stated Mo­hammed. “It is true that the pric­ing may not be ac­cu­rate but the cost of the water we sup­ply to the peo­ple is much higher than the amount we are charg­ing them for sup­ply­ing water.”

A plumber is in­stalling a water me­ter in a house in KAni neigh­bor­hood in Er­bil in this file photo of June 14, 2009.

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