Water

Belize Water Services

Belize Water Services ReservoirThe Belize Water Services (BWS) Is Belize’s water and sewage utility that serves approximately 44,000 customers with a total average water demand of roughly 150 million US gallons per month.

Current Water Consumption Rates

The following water consumption rates are in effect since May 1st 2005.

 

Table 1: Belize City and Belmopan Sewer Zone

Qty Used Gal Rate Per Gallon ($BzD) Charge ($BzD)
0-1000 n/a 9.23
1001- 2000 0.01589 25.12
2001- 3000 0.01743 42.55
3001- 4000 0.01845 61.00
4001- 5000 0.01948 80.48
5001- 6000 0.0205 100.95
6001- 7000 0.02101 121.99
7001- 8000 0.02153 143.52
Over 8000 0.02204 n/a

Source: Belize Water Services Limited.


Table 2: Water Only Areas Country-Wide
(Areas without Sewer System, excluding San Pedro)

Qty Used US Gal Rate Per 1000 gal Rate Per Gallon Max Charge
0-1000 n/a n/a 7.69
1001- 2000 12.30 0.01230 19.99
2001- 3000 13.33 0.01333 33.32
3001- 4000 13.84 0.01384 47.16
4001- 5000 14.35 0.01435 61.51
5001- 6000 15.38 0.01538 76.89
6001- 7000 16.40 0.01640 93.29
7001- 8000 16.91 0.01691 110.20
Over 8000 17.43 0.01743 n/a

Source: Belize Water Services Limited.


Table 3: San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

Qty Used US Gal Rate Per 1000 gal Rate Per Gallon Max Charge
0-100 n/a n/a 22.55
1001- 2000 26.65 0.02665 49.20
2001- 3000 28.70 0.02870 77.90
3001- 4000 30.76 0.03075 108.65
4001- 5000 32.80 0.03280 141.45
5001- 6000 38.95 0.03895 180.40
6001- 7000 46.13 0.04613 226.53
7001- 8000 51.25 0.05125 277.78
Over 8000 56.38 0.05638 n/a

Source: Belize Water Service Limited.


Table 4: Deposit Charges

Type of Deposit Amount
Security Deposit - Residential 50.00
Security Deposit Commercial (all areas except San Pedro) 200.00
Security Deposit Commercial (San Pedro) 300.00


Proposed Changes in Tariffs

Service Charges
Service Description Fee
Reconnection Fee (all areas) 25.00
Transfer fee (all areas) 20.00
Water Connection Fee Residential (all areas except San Pedro) 85.00
Water Connection Fee Residential (San Pedro ) 127.00
Water Connection Fee Commercial (all areas except San Pedro) variable
Water Connection Fee Commercial (San Pedro) 637.50
Sewer Connection Fee Residential (all areas except San Pedro) 100.00
Sewer Connection Fee Residential (San Pedro) 150.00
Sewer Connection Fee Commercial (all areas) variable
Water Infrastructure Fee 150.00
Sewer Infrastructure Fee 1695.00

For more information on BWSL and its services visit www.bws.bz

The Belize Water Services Limited made a submission on 1 October 2009 to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for a Full Tariff Review Proceeding (FTRP) for the determination of Rates and Tariffs and a Business Plan to be approved for the Full Tariff Period (FTP), which runs from April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2015. The submission had requested for a 25% increase in tariffs.

The PUC has approved a 10.6% rate increase and a revised Business Plan for Belize Water Services Limited in its Initial Decision in the Full Tariff Review Proceeding. The new proposed rates are depicted in Tables 5 and 6.

Belize Water Services (BWS)

Approved Water and Sewer Tariffs, Fees and Charges for Full Tariff Period (FTP)
April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2015

Service Classification: Water Only Water and Sewer Water and Sewer
Branches: Mainland Belize, Belmopan San Pedro
Consumption Blocks:      
0-1000 8.50 10.21 24.94
1001- 2000 13.60 17.57 29.47
2001- 3000 14.74 19.27 34.74
3001- 4000 15.30 20.4 34.00
4001- 5000 15.87 21.54 36.27
5001- 6000 17.01 22.67 43.07
6001- 7000 18.14 23.23 51.01
7001- 8000 18.70 23.81 56.67
Over 8000 19.27 24.37 62.35
Minimum Bill for Consumption
less than 1000 US Gallons
8.5 10.2 24.94


Service Classification

Max Charge

Reconnection fee (Belize City & Belmopan) 25.00
Reconnection fee (Other Areas excluding San Pedro) 25.00
Reconnection fee (San Pedro) 25.00
Transferof Account 20.00
Transfer of Service (location) 20.00
Transfer New Connection 20.00
Water Connection Fee Residential 85.00
Commercial 85.00
Government 85.00
Essentials Services 85.00
Others 85.00
Water Connection Fee
(San Pedro)
Residential 127.50
Commercial 637.50
Government 637.50
Essentials Services 637.50
Others 637.50
Sewer Connection Fee
(BelizeCity & Belmopan)
Residential 100.00
Commercial variable
Government variable
Essentials Services variable
Others variable
Sewer Connection Fee
(SanPedro)
Residential 150.00
Commercial variable
Government variable
Essentials Services variable
Others variable
Water Infrastructure Fee Residential 150.00
All others 150.00
Sewer Infrastructure Residential 1695.00
All others 150.00
Security Deposit Residential 50.00
Commercial 200.00
Government 200.00
Essentials Services 200.00
Others 200.00
Security Deposit (San Pedro) Residential 50.00
Commercial 300.00
Government 300.00
Essentials Services 300.00
Others 300.00

Source: Public Utilities Commission


Delivery of Final Decision

The PUC is expected to deliver its Final Decision on March 10, 2010, if there is agreement between BWSL and the PUC on the appointment of an Independent Expert if required; or on March 23, 2010 if an Independent Expert has to be appointed by the International Chamber of Commerce.

For Further Information Contact:
Belize Water Services Ltd.
7 Central American Blvd.
Telephone: +501-222-4757
Fax: +501-222-4759
http://www.bws.bz


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