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Increase in Funchal Water Bills

The Funchal City Council will update the prices of municipal fees, including water supply, basic sanitation, and solid waste treatment, by 5.79%, according to the average variation of inflation in the last 12 months.

In the case of water supply, for a common domestic consumer, whose billing is, on average, 10 cubic metres per month, this will represent an increase of €1.48/month, which already includes the basic sanitation and waste treatment fee.

“Compared to other regions of the country, for most domestic consumers (10m3/month), Funchal represents an average monthly cost of water in the order of €14.36, is far below the €30.87 paid in Beja, €29.19 in Faro or €21.95 in Ponta Delgada, in the Azores,” maintains the Mayor of the municipality, Pedro Calado.

“And even compared to other municipalities in Madeira, the price paid in Funchal for water, basic sanitation and solid waste treatment is one of the cheapest.”

Pedro Calado recognises that no one likes to announce increases, however, we are talking about a residual increase, and in comparison, if we compare 1 litre of bottled water with 1 litre of tap water, bottled water costs 186 times more.

The decision on this matter will be taken to a City Council meeting scheduled for the 11th of January.

Samantha Gannon

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