Government wants to reduce Non-Revenue Water within three years
WILLEMSTAD - The Council of Ministers decided on January 14 that the Non-Revenue Water (leakage) should be reduced to 17 percent within three years. This should be achieved by addressing both technical and administrative losses with measures that can be realized in the short term.
The research, which was conducted by Vitens Evides International, commissioned by the Bureau Telecommunications and Post (BTP), revealed that a substantial reduction in the Non-Revenue Water is possible. This research and also Aqualectra’s proposed plan were influential in the decision of the Council of Ministers.
The Non-Revenue Water is namely, a component which is of importance in the calculation of the rate of water. Because Non-Revenue Water has a negative impact on the revenues of the utility company Aqualectra and the cost of producing and distributing drinking water, and hence the height of the end user price paid by individuals or companies, it is important to reduce this.
Non-Revenue Water in Curacao, according to BTP, has been measured, in previous years, at 24-28 percent of the total production of drinking water. That is relatively high. Although an international comparison is not simple, an analysis of the World Bank in 2006, as a rule of thumb, that in developing countries a Non-Revenue Water target of 17.5 percent can be considered reasonable.