Ch13 Article 3 - World News: China Cities Raise Water Price...

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Page 1 of 2 2009 Factiva, Inc. All rights reserved. World News: China Cities Raise Water Price in Bid to Conserve --- Tariffs Remain Low by Global Standards By Andrew Batson 580 words 31 July 2009 The Wall Street Journal J A13 English BEIJING -- Cities across China are raising the price of water, in moves that try to balance the need to conserve an increasingly scarce resource with the effects on a public used to low fees. The city government of Luoyang, in central Henan province, prepared to hold a public meeting Friday to argue for a proposed water-price increase of 40% to 48%. Water prices in the dry region haven't risen since 2003, which the government says is exhausting meager supplies and keeping the local water utility in the red. At least half a dozen other major cities have raised water prices in the past few months. The changes reflect a growing official consensus that low prices are part of China's water-shortage problem, since they give companies and households little incentive to use water carefully. The government is also
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