The National Association of Sachet and Packaged Water Producers (NASPAWAP) has announced an upward increment in sachet and bottled water prices effective Monday, September 19. According to the Association, a bag of sachet water, 500ml by 30 pieces, is to be sold at 7 cedis maximum from the retail trucks.
Retailers will, however, sell the commodity at ¢9 per bag maximum.
The price of sachet water will be retailed at ¢0.50p, while the 500ml bottled water will be retailed at ¢2 and bottled water of 750ml or medium size, will be sold at ¢3.00.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by NASPAWAP attributed the adjustment of prices to the fuel price hikes and the cedi depreciation.
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“The price reviews have been necessitated by the rising cost of inputs such as fuel and packaging materials which are mainly imported, increases in electricity and water which took effect from September 1, 2022.
“At our previous review in March 2022, the dollar was in the region of ¢8.5. Currently, it is inching up to ¢10. Fuel prices have significantly gone up since our last review. It was 9 and now it is ¢14.5, which is a 61 % change since March 23, 2022.”
Parts of the statement, however, cautioned that there might be slight variations in prices across the regions due to haulage to remote and distant areas.
The Association further appealed to all individuals to cooperate with the dealers since the adjustment is to reduce the production cost of manufacturers.