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Domestic water charges to go up by two percent

The price of domestic water will go up at the turn of the year. Water consumption charges, the basic water fee and connection charges will increase by an average of 2 percent. Connection charges will increase by 4 percent. The increases will be used for investments to strengthen and to secure operations, such as the construction of a new water treatment plant, according to Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY), which provides regional water and waste management services.

Charges for the collection and handling of recyclable waste from properties will remain the same, but charges for mixed (unsorted) waste will go up by 1.5 percent. Fees charged to customers for waste delivered to Sortti waste stations will also remain the same. New rates will be applied as of 1 January 2019.

The 2-percent rate increase will translate into an increase of approximately 75 cents per month for an average household.

The rate increases will enable HSY to carry out large ongoing investments, including the construction of a wastewater treatment plant in Blominmäki, Espoo, and improvements in the supply network security. The mutual shares of water consumption charges and basic fees are designed to steer consumers to make cuts in their water use.

Waste management charges to properties are affected by the size of waste containers and the frequency of calls to empty the containers. Residents can affect the waste management charges to their properties by recycling their waste, by reducing the total amount of waste, and by lowering the frequency of waste collection calls.

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