WASAC, RURA explain new water tariffs

On 14 May 2019 at 07:00

The Chief Executive Officer of Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC), Aimé Muzola, has said that a number of things need to be done by Rwandans to avoid big water bills. He advised regular check on the house plumbing system, using water responsibly, report to WASAC in case a commercial field officer doesn’t come to check meter readings on time every month.

He revealed this yesterday in a joint press conference with Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), the Ministry of Infrastructure and WASAC on water tariffs.

The press conference has been held at a time when different people have been using social media lamenting that current monthly water bills are high.

“We should set policies on efficient use of water. Everyone needs to look back and think about how he/she can sparingly use water. We should check on regular water usage at home. People should learn to minimize the use of water,” said Muzola.

“We all don’t spend the whole day at home. It also happens to me that I see water tariffs going high. If the meter has a problem we correct it. The most important thing is to know how we use water at home,” he added.

Muzola explained that the country’s ambition is to help all Rwandans to access safe water at home.

Current water tariffs went into effect in February 2019.

The current water tariffs are classified into three categories. The 1st category comprises of people who use not less than 5,000 liters (250 jerry cans) per month or eight jerrycans per day. This category pays Rwf340 per 1,000 liters or Rwf6.8 per jerrycan.

The second category is composed of those who use over 5,000 liters but not more than 20,000 liters per month. This category pays Rwf720 per 1,000 liters, meaning Rwf14.4 per 20-liter jerrycan.

The third category includes those using 20,000 liters and not more than 50,000 liters per month which is between 33 and 83 liters per day. This category pays Rwf845 per 1,000 liters which is Rwf16.9 per one jerrycan.

The Director General of RURA, Lt Col Nyirishema Patrick has said: “We cannot say that water consumed at our homes is expensive.”

He explained that water tariffs are based on water treatment and distribution costs.

Nyirishema urged Rwandans to use water sparingly in order to control the bills.

He said residents pay only 26.2 percent of the actual cost of water supply in their homes as the government caters for 73.8 percent through subsidized investments.