Grenadians will be paying more for water in the new year as the National Water and Sewage Authority will be applying new rates in 2020 for both residential and commercial consumers.
The announcement was made by Public Utilities Minister Gregory Bowen in his contribution to the 2020 budget debate in Parliament on Friday.
Bowen told members that over the years the statutory body has embarked on several initiatives and projects that have increased its expenditure, and as a result, there is a need to increase its revenue base to maintain and sustain its operations.
Increasing storage facilities
Among the initiatives are the regularising of some workers in 2018; constructing a new administrative headquarters and increasing storage facilities in many communities.
“How do they operate and go forward? We must move to increasing their revenue, Mr Speaker, and this could only be done through a rate increase,” said Bowen, who informed that House that the new proposed rates were concluded by consultants who the statutory body had invited to the island to conduct a review of its revenue.
“For the low domestic users who paid before EC$16.47 (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents), they will now be asked to pay EC$19.28 and increase of EC$2.81 and for the others the increase will be EC$5 for those the EC$30 bracket and those in the EC$60 bracket will increase by EC$10,” he said.
The last rate increase was in 2010.
A consumer in Grenada currently pays EC$8 for the first 1,000 gallons of water.