Waakirchen is increasing the price of drinking water by 41 percent. Of necessity, as Mayor Norbert Kerkel asserts, the increase was long overdue.

The municipality has not adjusted its water fees since 2012, twelve years now. In the future, the fees will be calculated every four years, so that the price jumps will be more moderate. But now there is a big increase to digest. In an average household it costs around 50 to 60 euros. A cow needs 80 to 100 liters of water per day, and a price increase has a correspondingly significant impact. “It’s hard enough for farmers right now,” says farmer Christine Weindl. The new water price would cost a farm an average of around 500 to 600 euros more per year. The added value, said Mayor Kerkel, lies in the fact that the community has invested heavily in the quantity of water available in the area. With the new price, Waakircen is still in the middle range of the price range for water.