Blantyre Water Board to hike water tariffs


The Blantyre Water Board (BWB) is considering raising water tariffs in the wake of high electricity bills the board is paying to the Electricity Supply Cooperation of Malawi (Escom).

Water tariffs likely to be raised.

Water tariffs likely to be raised.

This comes amid incessant worries BWB has had on the upsurge of electricity tariffs it is incuring.

Disclosing this during a meeting with Parliamentary committee on natural resources and climate change on Tuesday in Lilongwe, BWB acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Henry Bakuwa said the bills are eating up the board’s revenue.

According to Bakuwa, BWB collects about K800 million in a month from its customers and pays K420 million for electricity every month.

He said the development forced the board to hike water tariffs to its customers in order to collect more revenue.

In December last year, Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) resolved that electricity tariffs be increased by 6.6 percent- to K53.69 (about $0.08) from K40.69 (about $0.06) per kilowatt-hour.

The increase came barely a month after the energy regulator had given Escom a 13.7 percent increase in tariffs.

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