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Depok to octuple groundwater tax

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 18 2019   /  01:10 am

The administration of West Java’s Depok is planning to increase its groundwater tax from the current Rp 500 to Rp 4,000 (29 US cents) per cubic meter to push customers into using piped water provided by the city-owned water utility.“We will increase the tax to Rp 4,000 per cubic meter by August,” Depok Financial Agency (BKD) head Nina Suzana told tempo.co on Tuesday.The notable tax increase aimed to prevent excessive use of groundwater and to push people into shifting to the city-owned water utility’s product, Nina said, noting that there were currently 139 businesses still using groundwater in Depok.She said that the new tax figure had gone through an academic review, although she acknowledged that it was still far below the rate set by the city’s water operator, PDAM Tirta Asasta, of Rp 10,500 per cubic meter.The Depok administration had not increased its groundwater tax sinc...