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AyA President Pushes for Rate Increases: “We’re practically giving away water”

Aug 30, 2023 | Costa Rica, News & Articles | 0 comments

Alejandro Guillén Guardia, President of the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AYA), has advocated for an increase in water rates, arguing that the current prices in Costa Rica are exceptionally low. This move contrasts with the promise by the Rodrigo Chaves government to decrease the living costs for Costa Ricans. Guillén’s stance on rate increases was formally documented during a board discussion, and he drew comparisons with the National Power and Light Company (CNFL), noting their willingness to adjust rates.

In conversations with Mauricio León, head of AYA’s Tariff Unit, Guillén further explored the disparities in water billing between different organizations. While AYA faces higher costs, he expressed the need for collaboration with CNFL to introduce new metering technologies and revamp the billing process. Guillén voiced concerns over the lack of advancement in developing a contemporary platform for accounting, indicating potential inefficiencies within the institution.

CRHoy.com previously highlighted concerns from the Public Services Regulatory Authority (Aresep) about AYA’s practices. Aresep pointed out that AYA’s protracted project timelines, sometimes stretching over a decade, result in escalated costs and ongoing water supply issues. Consequently, in response to these malpractices, Aresep announced an average reduction of 8.41% in water rates.

CRHOY – https://www.crhoy.com/nacionales/presidente-del-aya-presiona-por-subir-tarifas-estamos-regalando-casi-el-agua/

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