The Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority increased water prices for residential and commercial users.
The Dhaka Wasa fixed Tk14.46 for each unit (1,000 litres) of water for residential users. The existing rate is Tk11.57. It increased the commercial rate to Tk40 from the existing Tk37.04.
The new price will be effective from April 1, 2020.
The Wasa has raised water tariff to align the selling price with the production and distribution cost.
The Wasa said it had taken permission from the government prior to hiking the price.
Earlier on February 19, the local government ministry has turned down Wasa's proposal to increase water tariffs.
Muhammad Ibrahim, additional secretary (water supply branch) of the Local Government Division (LGD) said that Dhaka Wasa's proposal to hike water tariffs has not been entertained further.
"So far, no decision has been made. The LGD has disagreed with the proposal," Ibrahim told The Business Standard.
On September 2 last year, Dhaka Wasa sent a letter to the LGD secretary, seeking approval to set tariffs on per unit (1,000 litres) of water at Tk20 for residential and Tk65 for commercial uses, an overall increase of 80 percent than the existing tariffs.