THE National Water Supply and Sanitation Council (NWASCO) has approved the proposed tariff hike by Nkana Water and Sewerage Company effective February 1, 2014.
The tariffs have been increased by over 15 percent for domestic metered customers while that of commercial customers is above nine percent for this year.
According to a notice issued by the company and availed to the Zambia Daily Mail, tariffs for 2014 to 2016 have been adjusted significantly.
The table shows that for domestic metered customers, the tariffs have been hiked to K1.97 in 2014 from K1.70 for a 0-6 cubic millimetre (m3) in 2013, showing a change of 16 percent respectively.
In 2015 and 2016, the tariffs for the same category will increase by 15 percent and 10 percent respectively.
The company says the council has also approved tariffs for commercial, institutional as well as kiosk metered and unmetered customers.
Other categories that have been hiked include public metered and unmetered taps. Others are unmetered domestic customers in low, medium and high density areas.
The council has also approved a tariff increment for commercial unmetered customers under small and institutions metered customers under small category.
However, the table shows that charges for sewerage have not been hiked for domestic water, commercial and industrial customers which will remain at 20 and 40 percent respectively over the next three years.
For other services such as hire of vacuum tanker and water bowser, the council has also approved increased tariffs.
It has, however, warned of stiff penalties under the law for unauthorised water and sewer connection.