In Moldova, water service operators will be required to enter into individual contracts with apartment owners.
This is provided for by amendments to the Law on the Public Water Supply and Sewage Service, which entered into force on Friday, March 8. The new edition of this document provides that contracts are necessarily concluded by operators individually with each owner of an apartment building on the initiative of one of the parties within 30 calendar days from the date of application. It has also been agreed that not only the manager of an apartment building, but also the owner may enter into an agreement with the operator on the transfer to service and maintenance of the internal water supply and sewerage networks of the apartment building. It is planned that the conclusion of individual contracts for water services with apartment owners will solve the problem of including in the bills of citizens payments for excess amounts of water that they did not consume, and which are distributed by the managers of houses among all its residents. The document spelled out the procedure for setting tariffs for public service supply of drinking water, process water, sewage and wastewater treatment services, production or transportation of water - for this purpose will be developed a Methodology for determining, approving and applying tariffs for public water supply, sewerage and wastewater treatment. It also provides for the creation of a development fund for the replacement and development of engineering infrastructure related to the public service of water supply and sewage, for co-financing projects that have received financial assistance free of charge, as well as for providing funds needed to repay loans received under investment contracts. The fund will be created by an operator / regional operator or a local public authority. Means will be transferred to the fund from the net profit of municipal enterprises or the manager of the public water supply and sewerage service; deductions from the pure profit of a commercial company with a share capital fully or mainly belonging to administrative-territorial units, on the basis of a general meeting of shareholders; compensation for the transfer in concession of state property to a commercial company; rate for placing funds in the bank account of the fund. The fund’s resources will be used to pay for debt servicing, as well as for the replacement and development of engineering infrastructure. The government in the 6-month period is to develop the necessary regulations for the application of this law.// 11.03.2019 – InfoMarket.