Php 2.00 increase of water bill
February 5, 2009 10:25pm CST
Yesterday it was announced by NAWASA that there will be at least Php 2.00 increase per cubic meter in water bill. What is your reaction about this?? As for me this is a very wrong timing on the part of NAWASA or even of MWSS. We all know that we are facing a global crisis and yet they still adding another burden to the consumer. I guess the government must do something about this.
6 Feb 09
I agree with you that a rate increase in our water bill will only add to our financial burdens now that we are faced with a crisis already. However, I heard that the government is requiring the water companies to submit their position papers prior to approval of the rate increase. Maybe this will delay if not stop the increase. If the government is not able to stop the increase we can only hope and pray that we have enough money to pay for our water bills.
6 Feb 09
I don't think water bill increase should be based on necessity and not on the presence or absence of global financial crisis or anything outside the company's operation. There's nothing wrong in increasing the charge if it they really need it to increase their operation efficiency and effectivity or simply just to survive. I do understand that it is bad timing if there are other problems consumers have to face but in the long run, I'd rather have to pay more than having frequently interrupted services or not having any water soon. As for the proposal that the government should act, what should they do? Stall the needed water bill increase then have the increase double later? Because for sure, that's what this present Philippine government will do. Always going for short-term solutions that are actually more detrimental than beneficial. I would agree though if they will really look into the books of these water companies and make sure that they are really not doing things just to amass so much profit because they were bounded by the law to provide "quality service in the cheapest price" when they took over the operation from the government.
6 Feb 09
..yeah.. I agree with you.. It would be nice if the government would carefully look into those circumstances before approving the proposal of increase by the company.. Everything else is going up now.. People are hard up looking for alternatives and sidelines so that they could earn enough money to meet their needs.. Life isn't easy.. I just hope that the people behind these matters will also consider the paying public..
7 Feb 09
This is bad news because my dad's already paying way too much for our water bill. Prices are really going up, eh? Everything's so expensive nowadays. I agree, it's such bad timing what with the global economic crisis and all. The problem is, we consumers can't do much about this (or any other) issue because the government doesn't listen to us.
6 Feb 09
Morning, cathya....I am wondering if your government is implementing these increases in order to have the masses think about their water consumption and be more conservative with it's use! Just last summer/fall we experienced extrememly high gas prices...and the usage went down 30%! Sometimes, it seems the only way the human race will learn to be conservative in usage ....is to hit them in the pocketbook! Where I live, on a Island, water is considered "liquid gold"...so we think twice about turning the tap on! Something that a lot of the populace all over the world needs to learn...as water is a precious commodity! I know it hurts in this economic downturn..but it is an expenditure that you can control!