After drought, taxes for using too much water

30th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 October 2006, MADRID — Spain is considering taxing those who use more than 60 litres of water per day.

30 October 2006

MADRID — Spain is considering taxing those who use more than 60 litres of water per day.

The minister of environment, Cristina Narbona, said it was among a series of taxes being considered to encourage the better use of water.

Some councils in Spain have already imposed taxes to provide incentives for better water usage.

But Narbona suggested this should be a national principle.

According to the Spanish National Statistics Institute, in 2003 in the average household, water use was 167 litres per person per day.

In contrast, in countries like Uganda or Zimbabwe, people are forced to survive on 10 litres per day, according to data from the World Health Organisation.  

In a proposed reform to the Water Law, tariffs for water use could be introduced.

Another measure considered is to be the creation of a singular Council for Water Use, made up of professional organisations, economists, unions, business leaders and ecological groups.

This body could meet next month to debate possible changes to the law.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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