Drought levy done away with even as summer approaches
By EHUD ZION WALDOKS
The Knesset approved a law on Tuesday evening proposed by Finance Committee Chair Moshe Gafni (UTJ) not to renew the drought levy at all. The levy, which increased the cost of water above a certain amount by NIS 20, was supposed to go back into effect in the coming weeks ahead of the summer.Coupled with the increase in water prices in January, it was a burden the public could not withstand, Gafni said.The drought levy was introduced last summer to encourage the public to conserve water. According to the National Infrastructures Ministry, it brought about a 15 percent drop in consumption before it was frozen ahead of the winter.
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