Lowest average water prices by key city 2017

South Korea has some of the cheapest water prices among the OECD countries. The price of water in Seoul, South Korea averaged 107.24 U.S. dollars per 200 cubic meters. However, water prices are generally increasing, as nations are making an effort to cover costs associated with providing water services. In comparison, Denmark has some of the most expensive prices of water in the world, for example, the price of water in Aarhus averages around 1,727.18 U.S. dollars per 200 cubic meters.

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Water abstraction tends to increase or decrease due to a variety of factors such as population and economic growth, or climate indicators like drought. New Zealand and the United States are two of the largest per capita consumers of water in the world. Water consumption can be broken down into several main sectors. Domestic and household water prices tend to be higher than that of the commercial and industrial sectors, and that of irrigation and agricultural uses. Many countries do not apply a fee on taking water directly from public water resources like lakes, rivers, and aquifers. Other countries charge for water abstraction by the volume, typically for industries, utilities, and farmers.

Lowest prices of water worldwide in 2017, by select city

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Figures were compiled from the figures provided and may include a fixed charge, variable charge, other drinking water charges, environmental charge, and vat and other taxes.

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