In the first place, we need to realize, WHAT exactly is included in the rate.
So called water supply and water collection are in fact two parts of one charge. As its name suggests, water supply is the price we pay for drinking water being brought into our homes, water collection, on the other hand, is the price we pay for sewerage water that goes from our homes to the canalization and eventually to a sewage plant.
According to the biggest water services provider in the CR, the total price of water supply and collection comprises a fixed rate that has to be paid no matter how much water is actually being used. It includes several important services, such as regular checks of drinking water and its treatment and treatment of sewerage water, which in itself is a very demanding process, and a flexible rate calculated on the basis of the used water.
Is water expensive?
Everybody would probably silently answer that it certainly is. Especially family house owners probably moan each year when they get their statement of costs. And yet, when we do a little calculation, we might see it in a different light.
An average bath tub holds approximately 170 litres of water. When you run the bath full up to the brim it means that we have filled it with seventeen percent of one cubic meter, as one cubic meter contains one thousand litres.
If the price of water is roughly fifty crowns for one cubic meter, it means that 170 litres of water, i.e. a full bath, costs 8.50 CZK!!! This means that one litre costs some 0.05 CZK. Do you still think that water is expensive? Then check your dripping taps, do not brush your teeth and do not wash the dishes under running water and consider some innovations in your household in favour of economical appliances, mainly dish washers and washing machines.
It would be also good to realize that water is a precious commodity, without which we could not live (unlike many other things which we like to spend a lot of money on). In other words, whether water costs a lot or not too much, we need to treat it with care and try to save it. Not only its amount, but also its “recycling” does not have to be endless.
Price of water for the year 2008 according to Prague Water Company (Veolia)
Water supply and collection charges, as of 1st February 2008
|(in CZK/m3 including 9 % VAT)||28.54||24.47||53.01|
Drinking water 26.18 CZK/m3 (28.54 CZK/m3 including 9 % VAT)
Industrial water 12.69 CZK/m3 (13.83 CZK/m3 including 9 % VAT)
Collected water 22.45 CZK/m3 (24.47 CZK/m3 including 9 % VAT)