PURC increases water tariff effective June 1

 The Public Utilities Regula­tory Commission (PURC) has announced an increase in water tariff to take effect on June 1 this year.

For residential customers, the tariff has been increased by nine per cent from GHp/M3 433.38 to 472.39 while non-residential tariff was increased by 15 per cent from GHp/M3 1215.11 to 1397.38.

For water sachet producers, their tariff has been hiked by 22.22 per cent from GHp/M3 1,800.00 to 2,200.00.

Industrial consumers will have to pay a 25 per cent increase on their tariff following its increase from GHp/M3 2000.00 to 2,500.00.

However, the tariff for com­mercial and bottled water and drinks consumers was reduced by 16.6 per cent from GHp/M3 3000.00 to 2500.00.

This was contained in a release signed by Dr Ishmael Ackah, Executive Secretary of the PURC, following the Commission’s 2023 second quarter tariff review decision for water copied to the Ghanaian Times in Accra on Friday.

He explained that the Commis­sion took cognisance of the cost of electricity, increased volume/ cost of chemicals for raw water treatment, the Ghana Cedi/US Dollar exchange rate, and infla­tion in arriving at its decision.

Dr Ackah commended stake­holders for their support as it continues to implement quarterly tariff reviews in accordance with its Rate Setting Guidelines for Quarterly Review of Natural Gas, Electricity and Water Tariffs.

“In doing so, the Commission will continue to equitably balance the interests of the Utility Service Providers and Consumers and hold service providers to strict ad­her-ence to regulatory standards and benchmarks,” he added.

Meanwhile the PURC in Au­gust 2022 increased the average end-user tariffs for water by 8.3 per cent, effective February 1, this year.


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