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29 February, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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Water tariffs for Dhaka residents go up

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Water tariffs for Dhaka residents go up

The Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) has once again hiked water prices for residential and commercial users in the capital for a second time in six months with effect from April 1. According to a Dhaka WASA statement posted on its website yesterday, consumers will now have to pay Tk 14.46 for each unit (1,000 litres) of water for residential use in place of Tk 11.57 – thereby marking a rise by 24.97 per cent.

For commercial use, the Dhaka WASA adjusted the price per unit to Tk 40.00 against the existing rate of Tk 37.04 – thereby posting a 7.99 per cent jump.

Dhaka WASA has hiked the water tariff following the instruction of the concerned government division in order to adjust the production cost of water as the price of gas and electricity has increased.

Dhaka WASA confirmed the move in a press release issued yesterday.

The release also added that the decision of hike has been made to balance sales of water with the real cost of production and distribution.

However, the Local Government Department approved the proposed tariff hikes in an order issued on February 26.

As the new rates will be effective from March 1, users’ water bills will climb from April.

The water tariff was previously increased on September 1 last year when it was set at Tk 10.50 for residential and Tk 33.60 for commercial usage. The changes were announced a day after the energy regulator hiked retail electricity prices by Tk 0.36 or 5.3 percent to Tk 7.13 per unit.

In the meantime, Engineer AKM Fazlullah, Managing Director of Chittagong WASA

told the independent that they don’t have

any information regarding the hike of

water tariff.

“Still we don’t have any information, but we have the plan to hike the water tariff considering the current scenario,” he said.

Meanwhile, the increase in the cost of utilities has sparked concerns about a potential hike in house rent among the citizens in the capital.

 

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