Water Utility Sofiyska Voda Exposed for Overcharging

Business | December 13, 2011, Tuesday // 15:48|  views

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Water utility Sofiyska Voda has been overcharging bank offices by BGN 0.20 per cubic meter, the water treatment tariff for industrial enterprises, said Milena Milanova, member of the State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) on Tuesday.

In her words, the violations were revealed during a random check and the utility company was issued a statement of offence worth BGN 200 000.

The DKEVR member cautioned that the inspection would continue and the utility could face further penalties.

She specified that Sofiyska Voda had been imposed the minimum penalty, while the maximum fine amounted to BGN 500 000.

Milanova advised consumers to take a closer look at the water treatment fees on their bills and to report irregularities and claim their money back.

While DKEVR can impose penalties, it cannot pay compensations to overcharged customers, representatives of the watchdog said.

According to DKEVR Chair Angel Semerdzhiev, violations were also detected in the company's accounting and investment reports.

The DKEVR Chair suggested that the utility would find it hard to justify its demand for a 10% increase in the cost of its services in 2012.


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Tags: State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation, Sofiyska Voda, banks, DKEVR, water utilities


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