Jamaica’s National Water Commission (NWC) is unhappy with the 23% adjustment in rates approved by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR). The NWC was hoping to increase charges by 44% to reflect the real cost of providing potable water and sanitation services across the country. Deteriorating infrastructure coupled with increasing demand for improvement and expansion of coverage are other issues to be taken into consideration, the release said. The NWC said that OUR’s decision would prevent them from implementing future improvement projects.
Read more: NWC, 28 Apr 2008
In it statement, the OUR said that it had “rejected the forty four percent rate increase applied for by the National Water Commission after a review of its revenue requirements, citing among other things the NWC’s failure to meet several performance targets. The OUR in its tariff determination for the five year period 2008 – 2013 approved a twenty three percent increase in rates and imposed more stringent Guaranteed Standards, including a penalty for wrongfully disconnection and a reduced time span for reconnection of service and meter change. The Office also allowed the K-factor programme proposed by the NWC to rehabilitate its network and thereby increase its efficiency”.
Read more: OUR, 28 Apr 2008