Some city dwellers in Kigali might consider placing padlocks on their water taps to reduce consumption following a price hike by the regulator.
The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has announced that effective February 1, a new tariff which was released on Tuesday January 30, must be respected.
Anyone who consumes between 5 and 20 cubic meters of water, shall pay Rwf720 from Rwf331, which represents a 117.5% increase.
Those who consume between 20 and 50 cubic meters will pay Rwf845 from Rwf413, representing 104.6% increase.
The regulator did not raise price for industrial consumption, at Rwf736.
Even small quantity consumers; below 5m3, will see a 5.3% increase.
Non residential consumers will pay up to Rwf895 if their consumption goes up to 50 cubic meters.
RURA said the hike is meant to mobilise revenues to make investments in expanding access of water and performance of water provisions in urban areas.
A press statement from RURA said that the revenues will help in maintaining auxiliary water network and inflation.
Industrial tariff was maintained because, RURA said, so to attract investors and deal with issues of affordability (goods and service of industries.