Water meters and a water tax introduced in Indian city

KolkataKolkata, India — (METERING.COM) — September 7, 2006 – The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has decided to install water meters in the city’s residences, and to introduce a water tax, in an effort to curb waste of water.

It is estimated that almost 40 percent of the total water consumed in the city is wasted, both because of poor infrastructure and human behavior. The Asian Development Bank has allocated financial resources to upgrade the infrastructure, with a clause in the agreement specifying that the Corporation will repay the loan by charging a tax on the water supplied to households.

The meters are necessary to record individual consumption, so that residents can be charged the correct amount. A certain amount of untaxed water will be available to all households, and taxes will only be levied if consumption exceeds this amount.