By José Antonio Perez
Jan. 11, 2017. Other than a 3% adjustment due to inflation, local water rates did not rise in 2017, announced Hesdín Soto Lizarraga, Director of Municipal Water, Sewage, and Sanitation (OOMAPAS). In addition, those current with their water bills will receive a 15% discount for timely payments in 2017. This incentive seeks to improve the office’s efficiency in collecting. While OOMAPAS has provided various options and alternatives to encourage timely water payments, these unfortunately have not had their intended effect, noted Soto Lizarraga, expressing in some cases they will need to turn to cutting off service for ongoing outstanding bills. OOMAPAS offices are open to receive payment Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. In addition, payments can be made at the Municipal Collections Office, Monday through Friday.