VIDEO: GWA – 9.15% Increase Approved by PUC; Average Water Rate to Go Up $3.87 for 5K Gallons Monthly

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Guam – Friday, it’ll cost more when you turn on your faucet.

The Public Utilities Commission Tuesday night approved a  9.15% increase for all Guam Waterworks Authority customers which takes effect February 1st.

CCU Chairman Simon Sanchez says consumers using less than 5-thousand gallons of water a month can expect to pay $3.87 more each billing cycle. And those using greater than 5-thousand gallons will pay $4.79 more.

Sanchez explains the rate increase is the result of GWA’s ongoing effort to bring Guam’s water and wastewater system into compliance with federal regulations.

The rate hike has left weary rate payers frustrated and looking for ways to conserve.  And the CCU Chairman says this won’t be the last of the water rate increases.

READ the release from GWA below:

The Public Utilities Commission Tuesday night approved a 9.15% increase for all Guam Waterworks Authority customers.

Common Commission On Utilities Chairman Simon Sanchez says the rate increase is the result of an ongoing effort to bring Guam’s waste-water system into compliance with federal regulations.

“The biggest reason water goes up is we’re under a court order to improve our waste-water system so our waste-water doesn’t contaminate our oceans,” Sanchez told PNC.

According to Sanchez, consumers using less than 5,000 gallons of water a month can expect to pay $3.87 more each billing cycle; those using more than 5,000 gallons will pay $4.79 more monthly.

Sewer rates have also gone up to $27.37, from $25.08 with the 9.15% increase.