After electricity and fuel, water rates also to rise

Posted at 07/16/12 4:55 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Starting September, residents of Metro Manila and nearby provinces will also have to gear for an increase in water rates.

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has approved the foreign currency differential adjustments of its water concessionaires, Manila Water Co. and Maynilad Water Services Inc.

In the east-zone, Manila Water will increase by P4 the bills of those using 20 cubic meters and P9 for those using 30 cubic meters.

For the west zone, the average rate hike is P0.89 per cubic meter. This means that those consuming 20 cubic meters per month will see an increase of P19 in their September bills. Those consuming 30 cubic meters, on the other hand, will see their bills rise by P27.95.

Maynilad said its adjustments also reflected the removal of the P1 per cubic meter discount on the tariff.

It said, however, that its lifeline users need not worry.

“Due to the improved economic conditions, we will also limit our voluntary discount of one peso per cubic meter of water consumed to our lifeline customers, or those whose monthly water consumption is 10 cubic meters or less,” Maynilad said.

The west-zone concessionaire said the water bill of lifeline customers will decrease by P0.27 or from P107.19 to P106.92. - by Alvin Elchico, ABS-CBN News