For the first time in 13 years DOWASCO is increasing the tariffs on its water and sewage services.
The company revealed today that consumers will now pay 15 percent more for water consumption effective May. The move, according to General Manager of DOWASCO Bernard Ettinoffe, is in response to financial problems the company has been facing.
He said after several requests from government dating back to 2006, government decided to grant the increase to the company.
Ettinoffe said consultation will be held in and around Dominica to detail what the increase is.
“It amounts to 15 percent across the board for both domestic and commercial customers. It is not anything exorbitant but the move will assist the company,” he said.
Those paying a flat rate of $42 per month will now pay $48.60 per month for water.
Meantime, customers are also expected to see an increase in their sewage bill.
Ettinoffe said the latest move is only one of the measures DOWASCO is looking at to deal with the financial constraints.