Chetumal, Q.R. — CAPA says that approximately 10 percent of registered users in the state have begun to function as small hotels and restaurants but under domestic rates. The Comisión de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado (CAPA) says that after reviews, they found numerous businesses operating under these domestic tariffs.
Head of the Potable Water and Sewerage Commission (CAPA) Gerardo Mora Vallejo, said that the findings were due to houses being converted into businesses.
Mora Vallejo says albeit small hotels or eateries, these businesses have continued to operate as homes, meaning they are being charged domestic water and sewage rates. Over the course of the month, CAPA has made rounds and modified the meters in accordance with the Law of Fees and Rates, which will see an adjustment to their usage rates.
“We detected this situation in four of the seven municipalities where CAPA operates, specifically in tourist centers such as Holbox in Lázaro Cárdenas, Cozumel, Othón P. Blanco and Bacalar. They are houses that gradually were converted or transformed into hotels or small restaurant, but continued to pay the domestic rate. So we proceeded to readjust these rates to the commercial or hotel rates that should be applied in that case and according to the Law of Quotas and Tariffs.
“We are talking about up to 10 percent of the registered users that we have that incurred in these practices,” he explained.
The official added that these verifications are carried out on a quarterly basis throughout the state, with the goal of monitoring the consumption on the micro meters.