Despite wastage and losses, YCDC has no plans to raise water
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The country’s largest city and commercial capital sees 45 percent of distributed water going to waste due to outdated infrastructure and theft compared to Yangon Region, which sees between 45pc and 50pc water wastage.

YCDC’s Water and Sanitation Department acting head U Myint Zaw said there were no plans to raise the tariffs at present but encouraged city residents to install water meters. “We’ll await the Yangon Region government’s instructions despite the losses that we’re facing in distributing water,” he said at a media briefing on August 5.

At present, YCDC, which has jurisdiction over the city, supplies more than 200 million gallons a day and collects K88 per unit for residential use and K110 per unit for commercial use. One unit equals 220 gallons. In Mandalay, residents pay an average K200 per unit while those in Naypyitaw pay K110 on average.

Yangon mayor U Maung Maung Soe urged city residents to conserve water, noting that the tariff was lower than the cost of distribution. He also said the YCDC was looking to collect more revenue through getting more people to install water meters.

YCDC said in a statement on July 31 that inspections will be made to weed out those who have not installed water meters in order to reduce the illegal tapping of water from the city’s pipelines.

At present, water rates in Yangon are still low, compared to K200 per unit in Mandalay and K110 in Nay Pyi Taw.

Just last month, the Ministry of Electricity and Energy raised electricity prices for residential and business users for the first time in five years. This came after losses on supplying electricity peaked at K630 billion in 2018-19, according to data from the Ministry of Planning and Finance. 

Under the new rates, residential households and religious buildings will continue to pay the previous rate of K35 per unit for the first 30 units. Consumers will be charged K50 for 31-50 units, K70 for 51-75, K90 for 76-100, K110 for 101-150, K120 for 151-200, and K125 for over 201. Consumers who used to pay K3500 for 100 units will now pay K6050, a 72.9 pc increase.  

Business consumers, including companies, factories, government buildings, embassies and international organisations will pay K125 per unit for up to 500 units, increasing by K10 for 50,001-100,000 units. K180 per unit will be charged for usage of over 100,000 units. – Translated