Cost of a sachet water is now ¢0.40
The National Association of Sachet and Packaged Water Producers (NASPAWAP) National Executive Committee (NEC) has advised all of its members to raise the prices of their products starting from Monday, 27th December 2021. The cost of sachet water is now ¢0.40 in Ghana.
The Association announced in a press release issued by the National President, Magnus Nunoo, that sachet water will be sold at 40pesewas, while 500ml bottled water, which was previously sold at 1, will now be sold at 1.50.
“The 500ml bottled water should be sold for $1.50, and the 750ml or medium size bottled water should be sold for $2.00.” In addition, the 1.5L or large bottled water will be sold for $3.50,” the announcement reads in part.
“Iced sachet water will be retailed at $0.40,” the Association noted. The retail trucks will now sell a bag of 500ml sachet water in 30 pieces for $4.50. Mini stores will now sell a bag of sachets for $6 per bag.”
They said that the price increase was forced by increased input costs, such as fuel, vehicle spare parts, and packaging materials, all of which are primarily imported products.
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The Association advised its members to assess their rates in order to maintain consistency across the country, noting that in the past, producers had to bear part or all of these taxes in order to stay afloat. However, the local water sector is becoming increasingly unsustainable.
“Unfortunately, fuel price reviews elicit a great deal of public uproar whenever the government slaps even the tiniest tax on it. The public, on the other hand, turns a blind eye to bottled water fees, which are to blame for the exorbitant rates consumers must pay,” the Association noted.