The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Water Board has increased its water bill with immediate effect.
The General Manager of the board, Tauheed Amusan made the announcement in a statement.
“Following due consultations with relevant stakeholders, the management of the FCT Water Board announces an increase in its tariff for end-users.”
According to the statement, there would be an increase for domestic end-users from N80 to N110/m°, while commercial end-users will now pay N300/m° instead of the old rate of N150/m°.
The statement reads in part: “The change is informed by the current global skyrocketing prices of water treatment chemicals and reagents. The tariff is, however, still substantially subsidised by the government as water is an essential service.
“Customers are by this notice informed of the new water rates to enable them to enjoy excellent service delivery by the board.”
But a cross section of residents who spoke with Daily Trust on Wednesday described the increase as insensitive to the current economic challenges facing households, especially in the nation’s capital.