Asia Pacific: Reasons behind 1.9% increase in water tariffs


Global Water Intelligence has released a new whitepaper analysing changes in water tariffs in the Asia Pacific region.

According to the findings of a study conducted by the firm, water and wastewater tariffs increased by 1.9% since 2017.

An increase in investments in water infrastructure, water conservation and tariff restructuring drove the growth. Droughts in a number of cities in the region played a negative role in water companies increasing tariffs for consumers.

The findings are based on a global survey conducted in partnership with Arup and the Global Water Leaders Group in 512 cities across 191 countries.

Other key findings include:

  • Foshan-Chancheng (China) had the highest increase of 27.3%.
  • Ulan Bator’s combined tariffs increased by 14.2% driven by a hike in wastewater tariffs as the city accepted a $300 million loan for the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant.
  •  A 44.1% increase in wastewater tariffs in Daegu, occurred after a central government recommendation for local governments to raise sewer fees by up to 60% of the cost of installation and maintenance of sewage treatment infrastructure.
  • Reforms to tariff structures implemented in 2014 continue to be felt in China.
  • Australia has the most expensive water tariff in the region, and third globally with an average combined water and wastewater tariff of US $5.6m/3.

For more information about the survey, click here…