Syria regime doubles price of water meters despite mounting poverty
A source with the regime's defence ministry-owned factories told The New Arab's Arabic sister service, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, the price increase was due to production cost rises.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the cost of a meter is now 52,000 Syrian pounds ($14.75), up from a previous price of 25,000 Syrian pounds ($7.09).
They added that, including the installation and connection charges, the cost of buying a meter could reach almost 100,000 Syrian pounds ($28.37) – the equivalent of an employee's average monthly salary.
To install a meter, Syrians need a licence which often requires paying a bribe.
Another source explained the price list available from the Homs province drinking water and sanitation department is from before the price hike occurred.
This old list shows that a half-inch-sized meter previously cost around 29,400 Syrian pounds ($8.34) in total to purchase and install.
Though the cost now is over 80,000 Syrian pounds ($22.70), the source explained the price list has yet to be updated since sales have paused.
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They confirmed that the water meter price has doubled, adding that installation costs differ from city to city.
The Syrian regime defence ministry owns plants and factories producing key materials including those needed to expand water networks.