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Water prices rise again in space of six months

Published: February 28, 2020 17:27:09 | Updated: February 29, 2020 11:42:43


Water prices rise again in space of six months

The Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is raising water prices for residential and commercial users in Dhaka and Chattogram for a second time in the space of six months.

The price of each unit (1,000 litres) of water supplied to households is set to rise by 24.97 per cent to Tk 14.46 in Dhaka. The tariff on water supply for commercial has been set at Tk 40 in the capital, marking a 7.99 per cent jump.

In Chattogram, the tariff on residential water supply has gone up by 25 per cent to Tk 12.40 per unit. Commercial users will have to pay Tk 30.30 for each unit, marking a 9.94 per cent increase.

The Local Government Department approved the proposed tariff hikes in an order issued on February 26.

The new rates will come into effect from March 1, meaning water bills will climb from April.

Dhaka WASA confirmed the move in a circular published on Friday, says a bdnews24.com report.

The water tariff was previously increased on September 1 last year when it was set at Tk 10.50 for residential and Tk 33.60 for commercial usage.

The changes were announced a day after the energy regulator hiked retail electricity prices by Tk 0.36 or 5.3 per cent to Tk 7.13 per unit.

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