Cancun, Q.R. – Some areas in the state of Quintana Roo have been recorded as having the most expensive water rates in the country.
According to the National Tariff System, Othon P. Blanco and Solidarity have the most expensive rates per cubic meter than any other in the state, charging a total of 18.23 peso per m3. Water rates in the area are divided into two sections: water at 13.50 per m3 and a sewer sub-tariff at 4.43 peso.
On average, cities across the country charge 15.09 peso per m3 for water, however, the state of Quintana Roo does not include payment for sanitation that is charged in some of the other states. Colima charges 4.65 peso and Veracruz, 5.32 peso.
Statistics from the National Water Commission (Conagua) show that Acapulco has the most expensive rate in the country charging 36.92 peso per m3, while Guanajuato and Veracruz followed, charging just over 22 peso per m3.
The cities of Aguascalientes, Tijuana, Naucalpan and Atizapan charge above 21 pesos per m3, while the upper area of Mexico City reported a cost of 20.77 pesos.
Reports from the Federal Consumer Protection Agency (Profeco) show that the two water companies, Aguakan and Commission of Water and Sewage (CAPA), have the highest amount of public complaints, illegal charges, overbilling and supply failures out of all the service companies in Mexico.
In December 2014, the Cabildo of Benito Juarez approved Aguakan’s contract for another 30 years, utilizing their services until December 31, 2053.