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Utility bills slashed for many

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The government is to standardize water and electricity rates for factory workers and students in a bid to stop them being ripped off by unscrupulous landlords.
Speaking at the inauguration of a $60 million water treatment plant in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said landlords would no longer be able to set utility rates for workers and students.
This means they will only ever pay the base rate charged by water and electricity authorities.
Many students and garment workers stay in cheap rented rooms on the outskirts of Phnom Penh where landlords have been known to supplement their incomes by padding the bills for  water and electricity.
But that is about to end.
“Landlords too often set whatever price they want for water and electricity, so we want to assist workers by cutting their spending on bills,” Mr. Hun Sen said, adding that people should only be charged 610 riel (about $0.15) per kilowatt hour for the first 50 kWh of electricity a month, but landlords often charge 1,000 riel or more.
Cham Prasidh, the Minister of Industry and Handicrafts, said officials will closely monitor the implementation of the pledge to supply clean and affordable water to 1.2 million workers and students living in rented accommodation.

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