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Local municipalities usually control the water supply in Spain and pass on the responsibility of distribution to a private or public company. The seller of the house or the landlord must supply the new resident with the most recent water bills paid to the utility company. The Town Hall provides information on which water company supplies a property. If renting the same procedure applies, unless utilities are included in the rent.
When transferring a water contract from one name to another, ensure all previous bills have been settled by the previous owner otherwise the new owner is liable for any outstanding debts.
There is usually a quarterly charge for minimum consumption, (canon de consumo) even if no water is used during the billing period. Some regional governments issue a charge for water purification. Late bill payments incur a surcharge. In some areas, the water bill is combined with a refuse collection and sewerage fee.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment has comprehensive details on subjects like water resources, water quality and flood management.