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GOVERNMENT CONCLUDES NEGOTIATIONS ON LOWERING ELECTRICITY TARIFFS FOR WATER UTILITY COMPANIES

Press release
Monday, 25th November, 2020 – Choma-
Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Minister, Jonas Chanda, has disclosed that negotiations to adjust downwards, electricity tariffs for water utility companies have been concluded.
Dr Chanda says the matter regarding high electricity tariffs that are constraining the operations of water utility companies in the country has been settled by his Ministry, the Ministry of Energy, ZESCO Limited and the Energy Regulations Board (ERB).
Dr  Chanda said this in Choma when he inspected a solar powered plant used by Southern Water Supply and Sanitation Company, as an alternative source of energy.
The Minister says the meeting held under President Lungu’s direction has proposed that electricity tariffs for utility companies be classified under the social tariff in the lower brackets in order to reduce operational costs.
He notes that  government is concerned at the impact of high electricity tariffs for water utility companies which has led to about 40 per cent  loss in revenue.
Other issues discussed included the outstanding debt owed to utility companies by government institutions which is now being dismantled through a deliberate plan to deduct from source and ensure utility companies remain afloat.
Meanwhile, Dr Chanda says the meeting also tackled the issue of stalled projects which he says the Ministry of Finance has assured of increased funding to ensure that provision of water and sanitation services are enhanced l to meet the Sustainable Development Goals as well as the Seventh National Development Plan.
He says this is in an effort of ensuring there is universal acces to water and sanitation for all, without leaving anyone behind by the year 2030.
The Minister is on a tour of Southern Province to check on water supply and sanitation projects in  the province.
Issued by:
Amos Zulu
Public Relations Officer
Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection

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