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Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR)
RATIONALIZATION AND REVIEW OF POTABLE WATER TARIFFS
04/05/15
RATIONALIZATION AND REVIEW OF POTABLE WATER TARIFFS
RATIONALIZATION AND REVIEW OF POTABLE WATER TARIFFS
The Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) will implement the 2nd step of water tariffs rationalization and adjustment of tariffs effective 1st of April 2015. This follows cabinets’s recent approval of a new tariff structure for the Water Utilities Corporation following an exercise to rationalize water tariff’s nationally. The first rationalization was implemented in 2012 following the implementation of the Water Sector reforms that had brought about 28 different tariff structures. The main objective of the Water Sector Reforms programme (WSR) was to improve service level for all water users in the country through equitable and cost reflective provision of quality water and wastewater services. The various water authorities that WUC took over estasblished tariffs independently hence the various tariffs that WUC adopted and is currently operating with from area to area. Due to these varying tariffs some customers used to pay up to 300% more than other customers for the same amount of consumption and quality of water.
The first tariff rationalization reduced the number of tariffs from 28 to 11, and the recently approved structure further reduces them to 5. Under the new tariffs structure these inconsistencies have, to a large extent been addressed. Furthermore, the Corporation is introducing a wastewater tariff that will be incorporated in customers’ monthly bills. The wastewater tariff is charged based on consumption of potable water. The tariff also follows a stepped tariff block just like that of potable water. The comprehensive tariff schedule is attached for further reference. For further information contact: Khumo Mugibelo Senior Communications & Public Relations Officer Tel: 360 4500 Cell: 718 229 90 email: kmugibelo@wuc.bw
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