The development, NAWEC said, was reached following consultation with the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) and the relevant stakeholders.
The official announcement was made at a press conference held at NAWEC Head Office at Westfield, which was graced by the company’s senior management and staff members.
For domestic use, 0-10 cubic meters of water has been increased from D5.50 to 6.418, 11-25 cubic meters from D12 to 14.15, 26-40 cubic meters from 16.00 to 18.86 and balance from 20.00 to 23.58.
Water tariffs have been increased from 24.20 to 28.50 for commercial uses; 34.00 to 40.09 for hotels, clubs and industries; 12.00 to 14.15 for agricultural uses; from 16.79 to 19.79 for Area councils, and 16.79 to19.79 for the central government.
In the same vein, electricity has also been increased by the company. For domestic uses, the credit meter electricity has been increased from 10.14 to 13.85 for 0-300 kilowatt, 10.49 to 14.06 for 301-600 kwh, 10.77 to 14.43 for 601-1000 kwh and 11.54 to 15.46 for balance.
The tariff for hotels, clubs and industries has been increased from 11.65 to 15.90; from 10.14 to 13.89 for agricultural uses, 10.90 and 16.20 for area councils and from 10.90 to 16.20 for central government. The same charges also apply to the repayment meter.
Finally, tariffs for sewerage have also been increased. For domestic and users and local authorities, the price has been fixed at D5.00 and 15 for all other users per cubic meter of water consumed.
Speaking to journalists yesterday, Director General Nani Juwara stated that these are necessary increments to enable the company to sustain itself, citing the global energy crisis that has wreaked havoc on all countries across the world, including advanced countries.
“These increments should even have come two years ago,” he said, justifying that they have happened in many countries, including neighbouring Senegal.
The tariffs will come into effect on 10 April.