WHAT IS THE NEW WATER RATES SCHEDULE?
The Metro Roxas Water District New Water Rates are based on the approved LWUA Board of Trustees’ Resolution No. 50, series of 2015, which will take effect on August 01, 2015 consumption (September 2015 Billing).
WHY DO WE NEED TO INCREASE THE WATER RATES?
- In order for MRWD to meet its projected debt service requirements that include capitalized interests and regular monthly amortization payments on its LWUA loan. The Php710M loan started its full amortization way back January 2011. The additional loan in the amount of Php193M will start its full amortization in January 2016;
- To defray the expenses needed for the efficient daily operation and maintenance of MRWD’s water production, storage, distribution and customer service delivery systems, particularly in view of the rising cost of chemicals, fuel, electricity, repair and replacement parts, and other necessary plant and office supplies;
- In order to improve the water district’s critical cash reserves position for contingency and emergency purposes.
- To fund planned capital expenditures needed for projected service expansion, provision of additional water supply capacity in Y2019, and also to effect further NRW reduction.
HOW WOULD THIS RATE INCREASE BENEFIT MRWD’S CONSUMERS?
The customers will be assured of a sufficient supply of high quality treated water and satisfactory water pressure, 24/7. Moreover, MRWD’s repair, maintenance and customer service delivery performance will be kept at very satisfactory levels.
CAN MRWD RELY ON NATIONAL GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY?
No, because basically MRWD is self-generating and self-liquidating. This means that it does not get any budgetary allotment from the National Government. Actually, a water district’s funding has to come mainly from internally generated revenues from its business operations, as well as from loans that may be sourced from LWUA and/or selected public or private financial institutions.
WHEN WAS THE LAST WATER RATE INCREASE?
The last water rates adjustment was effected on February 2012; hence, three (3) years and five (5) months of no increase until August 1, 2015.
HOW IS THIS INCREASE COMPARED WITH OTHER LOCAL WATER DISTRICTS?
MRWD minimum new water rate is only P 252.00 per 10 cu.m. While other neighboring water districts water rates, as of to date, are as follows; Pontevedra WD is P 287.00, Janiuay Iloilo WD is P 288.00, Pilar WD 237.00 and Mambusao WD P 258.00.
HOW DOES THE NEW WATER RATES COMPARED WITH THE PRICE OF WATER REFILLING STATION?
The new water rate amounts only to P 252.00 per month for 10 cubic meters whereas the commercialized water of the same volume will cost more or less P12, 500.00.
HOW IS THIS NEW WATER RATE COMPARED WITH OTHER COMMODITIES AND PUBLIC UTILITY?
The new water rates amounts only to P 22.90 increase per month, which will only be 76 centavos per day. The said increase is economically low than 1 SMS and even reasonably lower than 1 pandesal bread.
WHAT WILL THE RATE INCREASES MEAN TO THE AVERAGE CONSUMERS?
The new water rate increases are not really that high in terms of incremental peso expenditures. To an average customer, the new minimum water rate escalation will only entail an additional charge of 76 centavos per day which, if computed for the whole month, amounts to just P 22.90.