Monday, April 15, 2024

Water tariffs go up


The National Water Supply and Sanitation Council has approved multi-year tariffs for the period 2017 to 2019 for Lusaka, Mulonga, Nkana, Kafubu, North-western and Chambeshi Water and Sewerage companies.

The tariff increment will cover inflation and other rising direct costs such as electricity and chemicals.

The decision was made by the NWASCO Board at its 32nd Extra ordinary meeting on 20th December 2016.

NWASCO says this will enable water companies import chemicals for treatment of water to acceptable standards, purchase electricity to produce water, treat wastewater, maintain and expand water and sewer networks from treatment plants to households and commercial properties.

The six water companies qualified for adjustments of their domestic and commercial tariffs, after meeting conditions of their previous tariffs and attaining at least 75% success on previous conditions.

The increment entails that for the first tariff band of 0 to 6 cubic meters, domestic customers will now pay K 4.72 from K3.93 for Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company, K3.45 from K3.14 for North western Water and Sewerage Company.

K 3.76 from K3.36 for Mulonga Water and Sewerage Company, K3.6 from K3.13 for Kafubu Water and Sewerage Company, K3.63 from K3.16 for Chambeshi Water and Sewerage Company and K3.54 from K3.08 for Nkana Water and Sewerage Company.


  1. Kwezeka Chabe, kaili ni Dununa system!!
    Problem though is quality of water/ services will NOT improve whatsoever despite the tariff increase.

  2. manje, these are businesses and they need to make a profit, We enter into business not to do charity work but purely for profit, otherwise if they were NGO, then they should remove the word Company at the end

  3. It is undeniable that we need to pay cost reflective rates for water services but the failures by LWSC to provide reliable water supply is appalling. In one section of Salama, for instance, we have had no reliable water supply for as long as l can remember.

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