Hangzhou may raise its water price to offset rising costs and encourage water saving, the city’s water authority said yesterday.
The current price is 1.85 yuan (US$0.3) per cubic meter of water. It consists of water purification and sewage treatment costs. The rate is the lowest among 36 major Chinese cities, except Lhasa, the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region.
Shanghai charges a unit price of 3.45 yuan for the first 220 cubic meters a family used in a year, 4.83 yuan for volume beyond 220 cubic meters and 5.83 yuan for volume beyond 300 cubic meters.
Ningbo charges a unit price of 3.2 yuan for the first 204 cubic meters a year and 6.8 yuan for usage beyond 360 cubic meters.
Beijing has the highest water prices from 5 yuan to 9 yuan per cubic meter after it introduced a progressive pricing system.
A hearing on water price adjustment will be held later next month and the new price, estimated in a range between 2.5 yuan and 3.5 yuan, is expected to take effect at the end of this year.
The last time Hangzhou adjusted its water price was 2004.
Source: Hangzhou International Center