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Water Rates Under Review After 20 Years

WAF has highlighted that the current rate stands at 15 cents for every 1000 litres of water, one of the lowest in the world, and has not been reviewed for over 20 years. The last change was in 1999 when rates were adjusted for VAT change.
03 Feb 2020 15:11
Water Rates Under Review After 20 Years

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) has received a submission from Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) to review the current water rates.

In their submission, WAF has highlighted that the current rate stands at 15 cents for every 1000 litres of water, one of the lowest in the world, and has not been reviewed for over 20 years. The last change was in 1999 when rates were adjusted for VAT change.

“As the sole competition and consumer regulator in Fiji, FCCC regulates monopolies to ensure that monopolies do not abuse their market position. In line with the review process, WAF has made a submission with a cost of service report compiled by the ADB” said FCCC CEO, Joel Abraham.

“A major part of such an exercise will be national public consultations where teams will visit areas around the country. hold sessions and receive input from Fijians.”

“We will also allow Fijians to give submissions online, on social media and by calling us to ensure everyone gets a chance to have their voice heard,” Abraham said.

It is imperative in any review exercise that we take into account the views of both Fijians and WAF to make a fair decision.

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