The new tariff takes effect during the next billing cycle and applies until the end of the triennial period (September 2012 to August 2015).
The water rate increases by 66.15 percent with 10.43 percent allocated for the dredging of the John Compton Dam.
Despite WASCO’s application for a 140.30 percent sewage rate hike, the commission has granted the utility a 55.72 percent increase.
Executive Director of the Commission, Kelly Joseph, said this is by no means a blank check and there are stipulations.
Joseph said the commission has also requested WASCO delineate the dredging fee as a separate line item on the water bill in the interest of transparency and documentary evidence when the regulatory body reviews the fee at the end of the triennial.
WASCO General Manager John Joseph meanwhile said the water company is cognizant of its responsibility to improve the quality and delivery of service.