The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has revised water and sanitation charges for bulk consumers, including residents of apartment complexes, villas and government housing complexes.

The water tariff has been revised from Rs. 6 per kilo litre (for up to 8,000 litres) to a flat rate of Rs. 19 per kilo litre.

Sanitation charges have been increased by 20 per cent of the water bill or a minimum of Rs. 100 per flat. The earlier rate was 20 per cent of the bill or Rs. 15 per flat, whichever was lower.

The new rates will be applicable from July (for June’s consumption billed in July), according to a circular issued by the board.

BWSSB Engineer-in-Chief T. Venkataraju told The Hindu that the board earlier followed the slab system for all consumers, including the 11,000 apartment complexes in the city. Under this system, consumers were charged a minimum of Rs. 6 per kilo litre (for consuming up to 8,000 litres) to a maximum of Rs. 36 (for consuming more than 50,000 litres).

A BWSSB statement on Saturday said, “Water will be billed at a flat rate of Rs. 19 for thousand litres on a volumetric basis… Although the water board will spend Rs. 32 to supply a kilo litre, apartment consumers will be billed at Rs. 19 only.”

The hike affects two per cent of BWSSB connections, the statement added.

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