The Public Utilities Commission has made an initial decision to approve the Belize Water Services Limited’s proposed increase in water rates for the country. That is the outcome of an Annual Review Proceeding by the Public Utilities Commission and on Monday the Commission’s Director for Water, Rudolph Williams explained that while BWSL asked for a 16 percent increase, they gave them 6 percent and explained why in a press conference at the Radisson.
Rudolph Williams– Director for Water
"We looked at the proposals that were made for the capital expenditure and we believe that some of those proposals could be deferred to the full tariff period and some of them we believe were not necessarily required at this time. The BWS has always had problems with funding their investments and to allow them to do that now; we have not seen anywhere where they will be able to source the funds that they are asking for."
It is of note that the PUC got the proposed increase down by reducing capital investments from 25.6 million to 14.3 million. And while the PUC’s decision is not final, written comments on the initial decision from interested parties that represent 10 percent of water users supplied by BWSL can be submitted no later than February 17th, 2014. If objections are submitted, the PUC is required to appoint an Independent Expert to review it. If no comments objecting to the Initial Decision are submitted by that date, the PUC will deliver a final decision.
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