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Drinking water tariff revision offered in Kyrgyzstan

It is offered to revise the tariffs for drinking water in Kyrgyzstan. The head of the State Agency for Architecture, Construction, Housing and Utilities Baktybek Adbiyev said today at a meeting on water projects.

According to him, Kyrgyzstan has enough drinking water, but it used irrationally, in particular, because of the very low tariff. «In Bishkek, a cubic meter of drinking water costs 5 soms, and a half-liter bottle of water in a store — 12 soms. We buy it. We cannot estimate the value of tap water,» Baktybek Abdiyev said.

He added that mayors of towns and heads of rural administrations set water tariff 40-60 percent below its cost, so the issue of tariffs needs to be revised.