The National Association of Table Water Producers in Nigeria (ATWAP), have explained why the price of a bag of pure water increased from N100 to N200.
The Association of Table Water Producers of Nigeria (ATWAP) has blamed the recent increase in the price of water and table water on the cost of production, which has risen by over 600 percent.
Speaking to newsmen on Tuesday, November 2, the association’s president, Clementina Ative said the association increased the price of one bag to N200 to enable members to produce and give quality and wholesome water to Nigerians instead of looking for ways of cutting corners, which might result, in quackery and substandard water
“We started sales of sachet water in 1998. Then fuel price was N11 per litre of fuel. Pure water nylon was N170,000 per tonne. The packing bag was N700 per bundle. We were selling a bag of pure water, which contains 20 sachets, and the retailers were selling N50 per bag to the retailers and a sachet for N5 per sachet to the general public.
Between 1998 to 2012, prices of all components of our production rose to point that nylon went to N600,000 per tonne, packing bags rose to N3,500 per bundle, fuel rose to N97 per litre and so do all components of our production from treatment medians to cleaning materials. We had no choice but to increase our price to N100 per bag to the retailers. And a sachet was being sold for N10 to the general public.
Since 2012, the prices of all components of our production have gone to an unbearable point that we can no longer bear it. Nylon has gone to N1,550,000 per tonne; packing bag has gone to N7.000 per bundle. Diesel is now N320 per litre and all of us depend mostly on generators.” Clementina stated.
The ATWAP president solicited for special interventions from the government in the form of special financing and equipment sourcing, tax waivers and other forms of encouragement that will allow her members to continue serving Nigerians better.