Dowasco increases water and sewerage tariffs, in response to to fiscal constraints

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! 73 Views   no discussions LocalNews Dowasco increases water and sewerage tariffs, in response to to fiscal constraints by: – April 7, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share Share Bernard Etinoffe, Photo credit: GIS NewsA 15 % increase in water and sewerage services, is what Dominica’s water company DOWASCO announced Thursday, as a measure to address growing financial problems.The increase is the first DOWASCO has made since 1998. The new charges have been made effective April 01 2011, but consumers will see it reflect for the first time on their May bills.The monthly water rate for domestic metered customers will be $10.12 per 1000 gallons and a consumer will be charged $20.30 per residential unit. DOWASCO says the increase is affordable.A customer paying $18.18 minimum per 1000 gallons of water for instance, will now pay $21.52, Bernard Etinoffe, General Manager of DOWASCO explained.    A customer paying a flat rate of $42.00 monthly will now pay $48.60 for water consumption.  The minimum charge for sewerage services for domestic customers is $20.20 monthly and commercial and industrial metered customers will be charged a minimum of $45.00 or 45% of the water they consume.  That price can co up to $3000.00 based on water use and generation of waste, Etinoffe disclosed.DOWASCO had told its workers some of them could be sent home and others may see reductions in their wages, as the company tries to cope with money problems. That decision has not yet been taken, and Etinoffe, has not stated whether that intention will be materialized.He said however, there are other measures being proposed to stabilize DOWASCO’s finances.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more