Taipei, Jan. 27 (CNA) Taipei is slated to raise water prices by an average of 28 percent beginning on March 1, but the hike will not affect more than half of the water users in the city, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
Prices of water will be increased from NT$9.47 (US$0.28) per cubic meter to NT$12.14 per cubic meter, the MOEA said.
The hike will only affect water users who consume more than 20 cubic meters of water per month, the ministry said.
Those who use less than 20 cubic meters of water per month account for around 62 percent of all water users in Taipei, the ministry said.
Economic Affairs Vice Minister Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) said the Taipei City Council approved the price adjustment on Jan. 8, and the new price hike will be implemented after his ministry receives the necessary documents from the Taipei Water Department.
(By Huang Chiao-wen and Christie Chen)