Water rates to increase effective June 1

Head table at DOWASCO press conference: (l-r) Chairman Louis Hill, General Manager Bernard Ettinoffe, Financial Controller, Julianna Boston, Chief Engineer Magnus Williams.

Effective June 1 2024, customers of the country’s sole water and sewerage company, DOWASCO will have to dig a little deeper into their pockets as the price of this precious commodity will be increased.

The announcement was made by General Manager of DOWASCO, Bernard Ettinoffe during a press conference held at the Ministry of Finance Conference Room on Wednesday.

According to him, with financing provided by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for the water area 1 project, the CDB also commissioned a water tariff review on behalf of DOWASCO and the Government of Dominica and that study was undertaken by a firm called Water and Waste Water Solutions out of Canada. That study recommended that the increase in rates that DOWASCO should be charging for water was 61 percent for sewerage services and 41 percent for water for a 4-year period. That 4-year period ended in 2022 and the study was concluded in 2018, but none of the rates were applied.

“Six years later it became very untenable and so DOWASCO made several proposals to government as to what should be done and DOWASCO and government now decided on what is referred to here as Water Access Charge,” Ettinoffe stated. “That is to say, that the tariffs remain the same. There is not going to be an increase in the basic tariffs for water or for sewerage services.”

He said what the government did instead, was to approve a Water Access Charge for everybody to take effect by 1st June 2024.

“So, we are breaking down the customer base into various sections. We have the large businesses; we have the medium size businesses and we have the small businesses and the domestic customers,” Ettinoffe said.

He added that Domestic customers will get the smallest increase while the larger businesses will take the larger part of the increase of the water guarantee charge.

“And so, for the large businesses will pay an additionally $800 per month for the Water Access Charge, the medium size businesses will pay $175 per month, small businesses $100 per month and the domestic customers will pay only $15 per month in addition to what they are paying now,” Ettinoffe revealed.

Presently, the domestic unmetered customers pay a flat rate of $48.30, while the domestic metered customers pay from 0 to 1000 gallons $21.62 and an additional 1000 gallons $10.12. The commercial customers pay from 0 to 1000 gallons $36.57 and an additional 1000 gallons $13.57.

He made it clear that the consumption rates are not going to change.

Ettinoffe went on to state that this will help the company to meet all its loan payments.

“It is not intended in any way to make a profit for DOWASCO,” he noted. “The government has made it very clear it is basically to meet the shortfall.”

He said if for any reason there is surplus, it must go into a special account that will be managed by the Government of Dominica and DOWASCO, “solely for emergency purposes.”

DOWASCO head table with the addition of Ag Operations Manager Gomez Drigo (extreme right)

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10 Comments

  1. Skerro
    May 2, 2024

    skerrit best you put us up for adoption cause you already incharge

  2. Google
    May 2, 2024

    i hope the water guarantee charge will mean that we are guaranted to have water rain or shine, hurricane or drought. thank you

  3. Consumer
    May 1, 2024

    If only quality was of as much concern as the consumption price. I am concerned that the level of particulates is still too high. The health of the consumer should be given greater attention.

  4. Odinn
    May 1, 2024

    Why is a modern and municipally owned resource company like Domlec using archaic measurements? Why has Dominica not legalized the metric (SI) system and is still stuck with customs and traditions forced upon the nation by colonial oppressors? Those imperial units should be abandoned, at least by official autorities and companies. You can go to a fuel station and buy a gallon of lubricant (US) and fill your car with a gallon of petrol (Imperial) and both called a gallon. Quite insane.

  5. Truth Be Told
    May 1, 2024

    Soon it will costs Dominicans more to get basic pipe water than the people in Saudi Arabia pay for petrol. Do you get it, 365 rivers?

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  6. We the People
    May 1, 2024

    DOWASCO self not easy!

    Water Guarantee Charge? I hope when you all take water too pah too, that rate will be adjusted

    And you all need to add “CLEAN” before “WATER”; I am tired with all you dirty water, especially in the mornings!!!

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  7. Juanita
    May 1, 2024

    “Effective June 1 2024, customers of the country’s sole water and sewerage company, DOWASCO will have to dig a little deeper into their pockets as the price of this precious commodity will be increased.”

    This is just another eye watering burden for the poor people of this country.

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  8. Ibo France
    May 1, 2024

    The unconscionable ruling regime can give themselves a mammoth increase in wages but stubbornly refuses to absorb the hike in the water rate. How egregious!

    Taxes and bills have severely diminished the spending power of the average citizen. With this additional hike in the cost of pipe borne water, many Dominicans will have to bathe in a bucket , and leave the toilet unflushed.

    This kakistocracy is grotesquely evil. Yet, many of these same people romanticize the ‘leadership’ of this villain. Unbelievable!!! Dominicans like to be victimized and brutalized.

  9. Skerro
    May 1, 2024

    wait a minute the amount of river in Dominica are they raising salary boy what is that da dead water really I will go to river now salary cant afford it skerrit you are a wicked man

    • Vincy Rebel
      May 4, 2024

      And I was thinking that we bad here in SVG. This is very wicked. In height of inflation this man wants to increase what you guys pay for water🤔. One would have thought that having 365 rivers would guarantee the cheapest water in Dominica. Heck, we here in SVG doesn’t even have that many rivers and our water bill is reasonable. I pay $32.00 or less for water each month. We’re it not for the meter and environmental/garbage collection fees, I’d be paying under 10 dollars monthly

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