Tariff Hikes GWCL Push For 21% Tariff Increment

The Ghana Water Company Limited says the 1.06 per cent water tariff is not enough.

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The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) says it is unhappy with the 1% upward tariff adjustment granted by PURC, which it says falls short of what is needed to operate efficiently and profitably -- and will thus push for a 21% increase.

According to the Communications Manager Stanley Martey, “one percent is not what we are looking for; we want 21% to be able to improve on service. We will continue to negotiate with the stakeholders for an upward increase”.

The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) announced a 1.06 percent increase in water tariffs, as well as an electricity increase of 2.63 percent for the second quarter of 2015, starting from April 1. The increment has been met with an intense public outcry amid irregular water supply caused by the ongoing energy crisis.

In 2014, the GWCL was denied a 4.54% increase as a form of a penalty during the fourth quarter due to the non-compliance with Regulatory Directive, but fortunately they have fulfilled the benchmark. Therefore, the Commission has released for implementation effective April 1, 2015 the gazetted water tariff for the fourth quarter of 2014.

“We want to make GWCL profitable and also fashion ways to reduce cost in the long-term, that is why we have signed a performance contract with government,” he explained.

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