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Drinking water price in the Netherlands in 2020, by company

In 2020, drinking water in the Netherlands cost between 1.04 and 1.74 euros per cubic meter, depending on the exact company serving the area. Vitens, the largest drinking water company in the Netherlands with nearly 2.6 million connections, was active mostly in the provinces Friesland, Flevoland, Overijssel, Utrecht and Gelderland. At just over one euro per cubic meter, it provided the cheapest drinking water in the country. By contrast, people paid PWN 70 cents more per cubic meter of water used.

 Vitens also largest drinking water producer…. 

  The Dutch drinking water industry produced roughly 1.2 billion cubic meters of water in 2018. 370 Million liters were produced by Vitens, the largest water producer before Brabant Water and Evides Water Bedrijf. The production of WMD Drinkwater, the smallest of the drinking water companies in the Netherlands, was roughly one tenth of this, at 35 million cubic meters.

…. as well as the company with the highest turnover

  In 2018, the total turnover of the drinking water industry in the Netherlands was nearly 1.4 billion euros, or almost double the turnover reached in 1990. In terms of turnover, the leading companies in this sector were Vitens (turnover of 335 million euros), Evides Waterbedrijf (203 million) and PWN (171 million). WMD Drinkwater closed this ranking as well, with a turnover of 30 million euros in 2018.

Drinking water price in euros in the Netherlands in 2020, by company

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April 2020



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Supplementary notes

The source notes the water price is the price after payment discounts. The price is the drinking water price for an average household (2.15 people per household, water usage of 100 cubic meter per year). Moreover, the source states it includes "standing charges, meter rental and provincial groundwater levies, but excluding taxes on tap water (the first 300 cubic meters are 0.343 eurocents per cubic meter) and nine percent VAT."

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