AySA announced the criteria with which service subsidies will be segmented.
Along with the segmentation of subsidies for electricity and gas services, the Government implemented a reduction in the amounts covered by the State in the rates of running water. Unlike the criteria that will be used to determine who receives subsidies for their energy consumption, in the case of water, geographic information will be what defines it.
As explained in her presentation by the head of Argentine Water and Sanitation (AySA), Malena Galmarini, the key to the segmentation of subsidies for the payment of running water service fees is in zoning. The criterion of zonal coefficients applied by AySA will be used because it is understood that it captures an approximation of the income level based on real estate valuation.
Little by little, AySA is making public detailed urban maps with the way in which the segmentation was diagrammed, in order to be able to specify which users will keep the subsidies, which ones will lose them and which ones will suffer a reduction in them.
There will be areas that will concentrate the greatest weight of the increases. To differentiate urban regions according to their heritage value, AySa uses four categories. High zonal value, medium zonal value, low zonal value and gated communities, which on the map included in this note are identified with green, yellow and red, respectively.
As confirmed by the map data, the most affected area of the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area due to the removal of subsidies will be the City of Buenos Aires. The area that partially includes communes 13, 14, 6 and 2, that is, apart from the Buenos Aires neighborhoods of Núñez, Belgrano, Palermo, Recoleta, Caballito and part of Retiro, will be considered of high zonal value. The users of these sectors will stop enjoying the subsidy for the water service from November 1st.
On the other hand, in the category of average zonal value are communes 12, 15, 11, 5, 3, 1 and 7. Thus, neighborhoods such as Villa Urquiza, Villa Pueyrredón, Villa del Parque, Peternal, Saavedra, Coghlan, Almagro , Balvanera and San Nicolás, among others, which will have a progressive removal of subsidies, while the definitive removal would arrive in March 2023.
The Secretary of Energy, Flavia Royón, together with Malena Galmarini, during the press conference to announce the new scheme of subsidies for gas, electricity and water consumption. (NA)
Only the neighborhoods in the south of the City of Buenos Aires were classified in a low zonal value, so they will continue with a 15% subsidy until May 2023.
The removal of subsidies will be total from November for residential users and land located in areas classified as “high” income.
For users located in areas classified as “medium”, the removal of subsidies will be done in three stages: they will have 40% from November 1 to December 31, 2022; then, 20% from January 1 to February 28, 2023. And finally, the elimination of the subsidy from March 1, 2023.
For users located in areas classified as low, the schedule will be: 45% subsidy from November 1 to December 31, 2022. 30% subsidy from November 1, 2022 to February 28, 2023 And 15% subsidy from March 1, 2023.
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