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Commercial consumption of water in Macao jumped by more than a fifth in 2023

Macao’s emergence from the Covid-19 pandemic led to a greater thirst for water, with businesses using significantly more.

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Macao’s economic recovery has led to a notable increase in water consumption.

According to figures announced by Susana Wong, the director of the Marine and Water Bureau, the city’s water consumption last year increased by just over 7 percent compared to 2022. Water consumed by businesses soared by almost 22 percent.

The figures were cited in a report by public broadcaster TDM.

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Wong told TDM the growth in consumption was related to the city’s economic recovery and subsequent influx of visitors, which caused a surge in demand for water from hotels and resorts.

The news comes in the wake of an announcement late last year that the price of water piped in from the Chinese mainland – mostly Zhuhai – would jump by nearly 7 percent.

The cost of water is significantly subsidised in Macao, with the government paying roughly 42 percent of the charge for the first 28 cubic metres used by residential consumers in every two-month period. 

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