Commercial water rates to increase on April 1; restaurant and laundromat services expected to go up accordingly

The Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) has placed businesses
on official notice that commercial water rates will increase in
April 2024 – and not as of March 1, as announced earlier.

Many fear that this increase to business owners will put further
financial pressure on consumers, as well.

Restaurants, laundromats, and other sectors that rely on water —
including farmers – are likely to pass on the hike to consumers, who
already are paying a 2 percent increase in the Antigua and Barbuda
Sales Tax (ABST) – now 17 percent, as of January 1, 2024.

APUA says it is cognizant “that rate adjustments or increases may
not always be welcomed at first.”

However, it is reassuring customers of its dedication to maintaining
the most competitive and marketable rates while striving to uphold
international service standards.

According to the utility company the Water Business Unit has
maintained its water rates for more than three decades.