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OUR to host public consultations on NWC's application for increase

Friday, October 19, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) will be hosting public consultations, starting October 30, to get feedback on the National Water Commission's (NWC's) recent application for a review of its charges.

OUR in a release yesterday said that NWC applied for a review of its current tariff on October 2, proposing a 23 per cent and a 38 per cent average increase in revenues for water and sewerage charges, respectively.

The last such review was undertaken in 2013, when the OUR introduced new standards to protect NWC's customers, reducing the K-Factor charge on bills by 13 per cent and allowing an increase of between 13 per cent and 18 per cent on rates.

According to the OUR, the total revenue requirement associated with the latest proposed increases is $33.9 billion — $26.1 billion for water charges and $7.8 billion for sewerage charges.

OUR said consultations will be done as follows:

- Kingston and St Andrew: October 30 at 6:00 pm at the Meadowbrook High School Auditorium

- Portmore, St Catherine: November 6 at 6:00 pm at the HEART College of Construction Services (formerly Portmore HEART Academy), Waterford, St Catherine

- Morant Bay, St Thomas: November 8 at 6:00 pm at the Morant Bay Anglican Church Hall, 1 East Street, Morant Bay, St Thomas

- Ramble, Hanover: November 13 at 6:00 pm at the Knockalva Technical High School, Ramble, Hanover

- Port Antonio, Portland: November 20 at 6:00 pm at the Ken Wright Terminal Building, Port Antonio Marina, Portland

- May Pen, Clarendon: November 22 at 6:00 pm at the St Gabriel's Anglican Church Hall, May Pen, Clarendon

Utility customers and other interested persons and civil society groups are invited and encouraged to submit their views to the OUR via email at nwctariff@our.org.jm.

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