In Ghana, the National Association of Sachet and Packaged Water Producers, has announced an increment in the prices of sachet and bottled water by up to 100%.
The upward review of their prices is to take effect from Monday, January 27, 2021.
A sachet of water popularly called ‘pure water’ will be sold for 40 pesewas from the current 20 pesewas, while the 500ml bottled water will also go up to GHS1.50 from the current GHS1.00.
The President of the National Association of Sachet and Packaged Water Producers, Magnus Nunoo, said the price change has been necessitated by the increasing cost of production including the cost of fuel, vehicle spare parts and imported packaging materials.
An earlier statement issued by the association said there may be slight variations in the price across regions due to haulage costs.
In the past, producers bore part or all of these huge taxes just to survive, especially in the wake of imported bottled water most of which evade these taxes, but it is becoming increasingly unsustainable for the local water industry. It has become necessary that some of these indirect taxes, production, and distribution costs, be passed on to the consumer,” the Association said in its statement.