Abu Dhabi: The Federal Electricity and Water Authority (Fewa) has announced an increase of 14 to 17 per cent in its water and electricity tariff. The change in chargers will apply to residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental sectors. Housing used by Emiratis are excluded from the tariff increase.

Fewa supplies electricity and water to Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, and the cities of the East Coast, including the emirate of Fujairah.

Mohammad Saleh, Fewa Director General unveiled a strategic plan for the next three years (2014-2016) based on three main divisions: instilling a culture of conservation; signing of agreements with government agencies to implement best practices; and reconsidering the current tariff for electricity and water services.

In the UAE, the average individual consumption of electricity is 20-30 kWh in contrast to seven-15 kWh internationally.

Meanwhile, the average individual consumption of water internationally is 170-300 litres a day, compared to an average of 550 litres per day in the UAE.

Saleh said: “The problem is compounded with the upward trend of consumption, which necessitated an urgent halt of this bleeding of resources and the maintaining of energy security in our beloved country.”

Fewa decided to re-examine current tariffs to encourage optimal energy consumption. Officials at Fewa have confirmed that any changes that will be put into place would not impact regular users in any noticeable or significant way.

Fewa will launch a wider conservation campaign focusing on students and house wives, “establishing them as the cornerstone for conservation awareness in the home.”