The Dumaguete City Water District is planning to adjust its rates to meet increasing operating costs.
General manager Esperatu Dicen said DCWD's basic rate was at P120 since 2003, but this could reach P172 after considering major cost items of labor and power.
With the proposed rate increase of 10.1 percent, or P19.40, the desired water rate for Dumaguete will be P192, with no more power and labor cost.
This rate is much, much lower than the water rates of neighboring municipalities and cities in the province of Negros Oriental, he said.
The present water rate of DCWD is the lowest, with Bais City at P238, Bayawan at P230, Sibulan at P185, Tanjay City at P139, although it is also expected to increase anytime, and Ayungon at P125.
Compared to the rates in Negros Occidental, the DCWD basic rate is in the bottom with La Castellana and Ilog, Dicen said.
DCWD has a total production of 30,000 cubic meters per day, piped in to 31,500 consumers but the required production during peak hours is 37,800. Thus, pressure in some areas is slow during peak hours.*JG
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