The Commission on Taxation recommends that water charges be introduced. High time. Giving away a valuable resource has never been smart.
There are two additional recommendations by the CoT.
Water charges should come in two types: Flat rates for those without meters, and volume-based rates for those with meters. If the flat rate would be set at approximately the average volume-based rate, then a substantial fraction of the population would have a reason to install a meter. If the flat rate is then adjusted to the average volume-based rate OF THOSE WITHOUT METERS, meters will soon be installed everywhere. If not, there will be a subsidy flow from those who save water to those who do not.
It’s a pity that water data are so poor that we do not even know the average drinking water use per household with some degree of confidence.
The CoT also recommends that local authorities be local monopolies in supply, and that the price be regulated, presumably by a new Commission on Water Regulation. Old habits die hard.