Maseru – Lesotho Electricity and Water Authority LEWA has received tariff review applications from both Water and Sewerage Company WASCO and Lesotho Electricity Company LEC.
According to LEWA Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr. Thuso Ntlama WASCO is requesting an approval for a revenue requirement of 257.3 million Maloti for the financial year 2017/2018, while LEC is requesting approval for that of 964.5 million Maloti.
He pointed out that WASCO is requesting a tariff adjustment of 10 percent to the existing volumetric tariffs and standing charges for all bands except band A, adding that LEC is requesting a tariff increase of 16.9 percent for both energy and maximum demand charges, leaving out connections.
Mr. Ntlama said WASCO has cited various drivers that include maintaining non-revenue water to acceptable levels, rehabilitating its reticulation systems and operating Metolong Dam Water Treatment Facility and its related infrastructure and improve performance in its application, saying the various drivers for LEC application are projected increase in imported electricity bulk purchases and operating expenditure for transmission and distribution businesses.
He noted that to get public views on these requisitions, LEWA will hold public hearings in Mohale’s Hoek, Hlotse and Maseru for the south, north and central districts respectively from February to March, and the public can also consult LEWA through the Internet to give views or complaints.
The Authority received these applications in line with Section 24 (3) of the LEA Act 2002 as amended, and it is also consulting stakeholders and the general public to solicit comments and inputs on the application for consideration before the Authority makes a final determination in line with Section 24 (6) of the Act.