Revising water, sewerage charges approved

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The Cabinet gave its approval to revise the current water and sewerage charges, based on a cost-reflective pricing formula, in order to reduce the losses of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB).

At the weekly Cabinet media briefing yesterday (9), Cabinet Spokesman Bandula Gunawardena said, “It has been recognised that a revision of charges is required to ensure the financial stability of the NWSDB and the continuous and uninterrupted supply of service to the public.”

The Minister of Water Supply submitted the Cabinet Paper. In addition, he said in order to reduce the NWSDB’s losses, a cost-reflective pricing formula must be implemented.

“This formula that is being adopted globally, and if we are unable to do the same, we will be unable to provide a service to the people.”

When asked how much of a per centage the water tariff would be increased based on the Cabinet Paper, he noted that the Cabinet Paper did not mention such per centage.

BY Thameenah Razeek