Water rates in Iloilo to go up next month

The Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) has allowed the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) to increase rates.

Imelda Magsuci, MIWD general manager, said their application to increase rates was already approved by LWUA.

“Matagal din bago na-approved ang ating application. We are happy na after almost a year, may go signal na tayo from LWUA na magtaas ng rates,” she told IMT News.

Starting next month, MIWD will raise its water rate to P200 for the first 10 cubic meters from the existing P159.

The commercial rate, according to Magsuci, will be twice of the domestic rate.

MIWD will also incorporate the 2 percent franchise tax in the water bill.

Magsuci said the increase is needed to improve its distribution services.

“2004 pa huling nag-implement ng increase ang MIWD. Nagtaas na lahat,” she explained.

The new water rates will be reflected in consumers’ December billings, LWUA said in a statement.

MIWD distributes water to its more than 30,000 concessionaires in Iloilo City and the towns of Oton, Pavia, Sta Barbara, San Miguel, Leganes and Cabatuan.

It has existing bulk water supply contracts with FLO Water Resources Iloilo, Inc. and Prime Water Ventures, Inc. IMT