Bangladesh, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) aims to raise water prices by 5% from July 1, 2018, a decision causing dissatisfaction among residents, many living with foul smelling water.
Dhaka Wasa has informed the general public that the prices of each unit of water for residential use would be raised to Tk11.02 ($0.13) from Tk10.50 ($0.12) while commercial users would have to pay Tk35.28 ($0.42) instead of the current Tk33.60 ($0.40).
According to the utility, reasons for the tariff hike include production and operational costs, as well as inflation.
Last year, water prices were hiked by 22%, followed by an additional increase of 18% for residential and commercial users.
Wasa officials have stated that according to section 22 of Wasa Act 1996, the authorities can increase water tariff by 5% every year.
“We have been living with stinky tap water for a long time. Now we have to pay more for this?” says Anowar Hossain, a resident of Chamelibagh.
Residents are asking for a safe water supply before increasing prices.
Areas affected by the smelly tap water include; Mirpur-11, Mohammadpur, Basabo, Kadomtola, Madartek, Mugda, Manda, Gopibagh, Obhoy Das Lane and KM Das Lane.
Gas prices also on the rise
Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, energy adviser to the prime minister, has stated that gas prices will also be going up.
This in response to a request by gas suppliers for Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission to hike prices. They are seeking a 75% increase, from Tk7.39 ($0.087) per cubic meter to Tk12.95 ($0.15).
The suppliers however, are asking for increased gas prices only for industries, power stations, filling stations, fertiliser factories, and tea estates.
The commission last raised gas prices by about 22% in 2017.