The current water and sewerage rates in Prague are below the average of the statutory towns in the Czech Republic.
The price of water is determined by regulations stipulated in the Price Bulletin of the Ministry of Finance. When proposing the price to PVS, the operator (PVK) can only include justifiable costs and a reasonable profit in the price.
The water and sewerage rates represent a sensitive sum for each citizen and Pražská vodohospodářská společnost has always evaluated them with maximum responsibility. However, the basic parameters for price determination are given and a substantial deviation from their assertion can have long-lasting negative impacts on sustainable development of the infrastructure, which has unfortunately occurred over the past decades.
From the 1980s until the end of the millennium, the maintenance and reconstruction of the rapidly aging network was totally neglected. The use of substandard materials and incorrect working procedures, together with minimal investment into the replacement of old networks have had a serious impact on the water management assets of Prague. In 2011, a total of 4,309 repairs of the water supply network and 3,189 repairs of the sewerage network were carried out, and 882 technological equipment failures were eliminated. Huge amounts of money are allocated to addressing these problems, which could otherwise be used for reconstruction and development.
Water supply systems
The water and sewerage rates must thus always reflect the following:
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Pursuant to methodology of the Ministry of the Environment, social acceptability must always be acknowledged when determining the water and sewerage rates. These were, pursuant to the mentioned methodology, determined as 2% of the average net income in 2012. This level has not yet been reached in Prague.