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Water Tariffs To Go Up Effective June 1

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Effective June 1, water tariffs are set to increase, bringing about a significant change in the cost of this essential resource for consumers.

This comes shortly after the PURC recently announced an 18.36% increase in electricity and natural gas tariffs for all consumer groups following its review of the second quarter of 2023.

In a statement released on Thursday, May 18, the Public Utility Regulatory Commision (PURC) detailed that the decision to raise water tariffs for the second quarter of 2023 was based on several factors and the need for sustainable management of water resources.

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These factors include the cost of electricity, increased expenses associated with chemicals used in raw water treatment, the exchange rate between the Ghana Cedi and the US Dollar, and inflation.

The statement noted that, “this review has become necessary to maintain the real value of the cost of supply of the utility services and to ensure that the utility companies do not under or over-recover costs.”

It further divulged that while under-recovery has negative implications for the ability of the companies to supply service to consumers, and has the potential of causing outages of electricity, over-recovery unnecessarily overburdens consumers.

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