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Price composition

In Denmark, there is no subsidization of water services. All costs for water supply and sanitation are comprised of the price paid by the consumers. 

The price of water is derived from five elements:

  1. A fixed contribution for drinking water
  2. The drinking water price per cubic meter
  3. A fixed contribution for wastewater processing
  4. The price of wastewater treatment per cubic meter
  5. VAT and other taxes

The price of water paid by a household depends on the amount consumed. The reason for the disparity in pricing based on volume is due to price components, which can vary from one water company to the next.

Some companies have chosen to charge a fixed annual contribution for water or wastewater and a price per cubic meter for water consumed, whilst others charge only for the water used.

The price of the average household's consumption

The average price of water, therefore, depends on average consumption. Because the fixed annual drinking water contributions are calculated by household (rather than per person, for example) it is practical to use the average price a typical household pays.

The average Dane consumes 104 L per person per day, yielding an average price of DKK 71.31 per m3 of water.