Reason for the latest rise in water rates: Customers are now required to contribute 1 Ghana cedi in addition to every water bill they pay, according to the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), to help the Ghana Water Corporation properly cleanse water at several pumps.
The Commission claims that this has become essential as a result of the high expense of water treatment brought on by illicit mining operations, often known as “galamsey.”
The impact of “galamsey” on its operations has already prompted the Ghana Water Company to issue a warning that it would be compelled to close some treatment units.
Mr. Stanley Mantey, the Communications Director of the Ghana Water Company Limited claims that the fee is necessary to lower production costs so that the Water Corporation can increase its output for consumer use.
When inquired if the one cedi fee would be adequate for the water treatment, he responded that the PURC would make the final decision at the end of the quarter’s report.
He stated that the PURC would be able to determine whether it is sufficient or not based on our report. They’ll take whatever action is necessary if they realize in the upcoming quarter that it’s not enough. “If they realize that it is more than enough, they will reduce it in the next quarter,” he explained.
He claimed that rather than merely announcing an increase, the PURC decides whether to reduce or raise prices based on a number of economic factors.