Likely water bill increase as a result of new WRA abstraction fee
National Water Commission (NWC) customers could see an increase in their water bills as a result of the introduction of water abstraction fees by the Water Resources Authority (WRA).
The fee structure, which takes effect on April 1, applies to entities with domestic, industrial, agriculture and hydropower/recreational licences.
The NWC is the largest customers of the WRA.
WRA licensees will pay a charge for every 1,000 gallons of water they abstract.
Speaking today at the launch, the authority’s Managing Director, Herbert Thomas, said the regulator hopes to generate $50 million annually from the fees.
Thomas said the introduction of the fees is to boost the finances of the authority to allow it to better fulfil its mandate to regulate, allocate, promote conservation and water management.
He argued that licensees should use the fee structure as a means to reduce demand and improve their use of water.
Meanwhile, the WRA Chairman, Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr, said the introduction of the fees should not be seen as the regulator digging into the pockets of licensees but a means to provide the necessary resource to increase research and better manage the important commodity.