Water Rate Increased to Match Other Rates Across Shenzhen
Bao’an and Longgang district with several new areas in the city increased their water rates to match the water rates across Shenzhen. Last week, the two districts along with the new areas of Pingshan, Guangming, Dapeng and Longhua increased their rates to match the rates in Nanshan, Luohu, Yantian and Futian districts.
Residential water rate has been increased by 0.3 to 0.5 yuan per cubic meter. Once adjustments are done water prices for residential use will be at 2.3 yuan per cubic meter for the first 22 cubic meter of water used in a month. 3.45 yuan per cubic meter at 23 cubic to 30 cubic meters and 4.6 yuan per cubic for water consumption of more than 31 cubic meter a month. Water prices for government and industrial use is at 3.3 yuan and 3.35 yuan per cubic meter. Water price for ballrooms, saunas and nightclubs is at 15 yuan per cubic meter. Residents that are subsidized by the city or those with military pensions will get 12 cubic meters of free water each month.
The water prices in Luohu, Nanshan, Yantian and Futian district was increased in April 2011. Several rounds of public hearing since the increase have led city officials to adjust the water prices to be at the same level found across Shenzhen. The rising cost of water contributes to the adjustment of the city water rates. Price of water in Bao’an and Longgang and the new areas have not been increased in the past eight years while the cost of raw water, water supply equipment and electricity was increasing.
Since 2007, water suppliers in Bao’an and Longgang and the new areas are controlled by Shenzhen Water Group. Then in 2010 the integration of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone they were required to adopt the city’s standard and unified water prices.