Calvia.—At its latest plenary session, Calvia Council approved a proposed average rise of 14.75 percent in the costs of drinking water managed by contractor “Compañia de Aguas de Peguera, SL”.

The new tariffs were initially approved only by the majority which thePartido Popular (PP) led by Mayor Manuel Onieva holds on Calvia town council. They will however be subject to approval by an independent services assessor (CAIB).

Monthly costs for drinking water are due to go up for householders by 4.16 euros, for businesses by 24.96 euros and by 1.04 euros for every tourist place that hotels in the area accommodate. Tariffs already vary considerably according to the amount of water used: from 0.54 euros for the first volume of up to 7.5 cubic metres per month to 2.67 euros for those who use a much larger amount of up to four times the volume of 7.5 cubic metres, meaning a use in excess of 37.5 metres per month. The Socialists on Calvia Council voted against the rise in water costs given that “people are already struggling at a time of economic crisis.” PP municipal spokesman Cristina Tugores justified the rise in tariff pointing out that charges had remained frozen for ten years. The Council had not given in, she said, to the management company's demand for a 36% hike.

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