PUBLIC NOTICE: UNLAWFUL INCREASE OF COST OF SACHET WATER
The Sierra Leone Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission (SLEWRC) wishes to draw the public’s attention to a public notice released and also radio and television appearances by the Salone Pure Water Packeters and Bottling Organisation (SPWPBO) on Tuesday 1st October 2019 informing the public of an increment in the price of a bundle of sachet water from Le 2,500 to Le 3,500.
The Commission condemns this illegal act taken by the SPWPBO as the SLEWRC is the sole body mandated to approve rate for water and electricity services to consumers. Section 45 of the SLEWRC Act of 2011 states “No utility shall demand or receive any rate for service it provides unless the rate chargeable for the service has been approved by the Commission”.
In accordance with the above provisions, the Sierra Leone Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission advise the public to consider the increase as null and void. Members of the organization have been engaged in a meeting on Wednesday 2nd October 2019 on the matter and have been summoned for further discussions at the Commission on Thursday 3rd October 2019 at 10.00am.
In this vein, any package water producer that attempts to proceed with an unlawful price for the sale of bundle/sachet water shall face the full penalties of the law as stipulated in Section 65 of the SLEWRC Act of 2011.
You have been warned!