…as GWI urged to improve its overall servicesGuyanese will see an increase in the rates for water effective October 2018 following a decision taken by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to approve the request of the Guyana Water Inc (GWI).The PUC said in a statement that the final increase will be made effective from October 2019. It said the implementation of the increases in a graduated format was an attempt to alleviate the financial burden on consumers when compared to the last implemented charges as awarded under an order of 2005.But the PUC said it also recognised that the increase with respect to the proposedGWI’s panel at one of the Public Utilities Commission hearingsmonthly consumption charge would initially result in great hardship to the rural areas. As a result, the Commission has determined that there would be a graduated rate for consumers who are currently paying $60.90 per cubic metre.In its filing, the GWI has requested a two-tiered rate tariff for its metered pensioners and a flat rate for its non-metered pensioners. The aim of this request is to offer a reduced tariff to this category of consumers. As such, the PUC said it has favourably considered this request.As such, the new charges for metered residential consumers will comprise a fixed monthly charge of $250 and a monthly consumption charge of $86 per cubic metre for consumers in the $60.90 per cubic metre category. On the other hand, all customers will pay $112 per cubic metre. However, with the second increase, the monthly fixed charge will be $500 and the monthly consumption charge $112 per cubic metre.Meanwhile, the new monthly fixed charge for unmetered residential consumers as of this year will be $250, along with a monthly consumption charge of $1100. From October 2018, these charges will be increased to $500 and $1450 respectively.While there will not be any fixed monthly charges for metered pensioners, a consumption charge of $74 will be applied for every cubic metre for the first ten cubic metres. There will also be an increase to $112 for each cubic metre thereafter. For unmetered pensioners, they will incur no fixed charges while their monthly consumption charge will be a flat fee of $740 per month. Further, there will be no new charges for metered non-residential and unmetered non-residential consumers.However, as a pre-condition to applying these new tariffs, the PUC has mandated that the GWI improve its system and, therefore, recommended that it implement a system which would allow pensioners to be added to its database which may require a period of time beyond the GWI-proposed 2018 timeline.The company was also urged to sanitise its database and create the necessary platforms. One of the recommendations is to have a consumer database, which should be continuously sanitised to reflect legitimate debtors. This should be accomplished no later than June 30, 2019, while the collection rates on annual billings should increase incrementally each year to a level of 96 per cent by the end of December 2020.The PUC said all disconnected consumers who have not been legitimately reconnected should be revisited at least within 60 days of being disconnected, to ensure that these consumers were not illegally reconnected and the collection of outstanding balances should be vigorously pursued.
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers and online…Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in Antoine Griezmann this summer, although there are fears over his Premier League suitability. Griezmann has been the subject of intense Premier League interest over the past two years and at 25, he is now pondering a move away from Spain. (Daily Mail)Brendan Rodgers wants assurances about his budget before taking the Swansea job. Former Liverpool boss Rodgers is in line to make a sensational return to the Swans after being targeted as the Welsh club’s first choice to be their next boss. Rodgers is in pole position and the Swansea players believe he is likely to come back this summer, four years after leaving for Anfield. (Daily Mirror)Hatem Ben Arfa is set for a sensational return to the Premier League with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The German boss is set to hand French international Ben Arfa another shot in the English top flight after a torrid time at Newcastle and Hull. (The Sun)Liverpool will launch a £35million bid to sign Callum Wilson and Aaron Cresswell. Bournemouth striker Wilson would cost £20m and West Ham defender Cresswell £15m. (The Sun)Klopp has also personally instructed his scouts to monitor Borussia Dortmund teenager Christian Pulisic. The 17-year-old has broken into the Dortmund first team this season, making 10 appearances in total for the German club. And Klopp has put Pulisic on Liverpool’s long-term radar, viewing him as one of the premier talents in Europe. (Daily Mail)Tottenham are ready to offer Andre Schurrle a return to the Premier League. Winger Schurrle only joined Wolfsburg from Chelsea just over a year ago, but is already unsettled at the Bundesliga club. (Daily Mirror)Victor Wanyama is continuing to stall on a new deal at Southampton. The defensive midfielder is holding out for a move to title-chasing Tottenham this summer with just a year left on his contract. (Daily Mirror)Claudio Ranieri has made a last-ditch attempt to hijack Francesco Totti’s move to America. It looked as if Leicester were about to fail in their audacious bid to land the Italian icon — after it emerged that the star preferred a switch to the States to join New York Cosmos. But boss Ranieri has personally phoned the World Cup winner in a bid to convince him to head to Leicester instead. (The Sun)Stoke and Leicester scouts have been tracking Paris Saint-Germain youth midfielder Yakou Meite. (Stoke Sentinel)Eddie Howe was in Leeds watching teenager Lewis Cook on Tuesday as Bournemouth gear up to renew their interest in the midfielder this summer. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…??Exclusive – Invincible Lauren insists Arsene Wenger is still the ‘right man’ for ArsenalArsenal Invincible tells talkSPORT: ‘I don’t want to see Tottenham lifting that Premier League trophy!’ Arsenal FC: Funny clip – Ray Parlour forgot which country his Invincibles team-mate is fromAly Cissokho set to start Aston Villa exodus after relegation by making Besiktas switchManuel Neuer quashes Manchester City speculation by signing new long-term Bayern Munich contractLiverpool transfer report: Reds send scouts to watch Colombia ace Marlos Moreno at US tournamentBorussia Dortmund beat Liverpool to highly-rated French starlet Ousmane Dembele – reportsNewcastle to reignite interest in French midfielder Clement Grenier, but Lyon admit ‘he is not in a good place’Fenerbahce snubbed £8m deal for Riyad Mahrez last summer to sign Liverpool flop Lazar MarkovicTRANSFER FIGHT! Leicester, Liverpool AND Tottenham want Serie A star Josip Ilicic