Consumers to pay more for water, electricity

Mr Stephen AkuokuThe Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC) has adjusted utility tariffs upwards with effect from April 1.

Electricity goes up by 2.63 per cent while water has been increased by 1.06 per cent.

A statement from the Commission signed by its acting board chairman, Mr. Stephen Akuoku, said the move would enable the service providers to raise enough money to carry out maintenance works.

The PURC said it expects the power situation to normalise once the emergency power barges arrive in the country.

It said in calculating the tariff for the second quarter Automatic Adjustment Formula (AAF), it arrived at an actual increase of 31.73 per cent cumulative for electricity and 21.30 per cent for water.

However, using the decision variable, it has decided to pass on a minimal tariff increase of 2.63 per cent for electricity and 1.06 per cent for water respectively.

The statement said the move had been necessitated by the current electricity situation in which consumers were spending extra income on the acquisition of other alternative sources of electricity.

It noted that the increase was meant to preserve the current load shedding situation by assisting the electricity distribution company to maintain its network under the current circumstances to avoid an immediate collapse of the distribution network.

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