The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) says it has received complaints regarding the increase in the price of bottled water following the suspension of the manufacturing, packaging, supply and retail of the commodity by Zambia Metrological Agency.

The suspension were on quantities which include 18.9L, 20L and 21.8L of bottled potable water.

CCPC Public Relations Officer, Namukolo Kasumpa said CCPC has launched investigations into the matter following the complaints the Commission received from the public.

Ms. Kasumpa said all the manufacturers and traders that will be found to have increased the prices of water without reasonable justification of corresponding increases in the sourcing costs will be taken to task.

She said the commission has repeatedly warned businesses to desist from engaging themselves in conducts that are unfair and anti-competitive.

Ms Kasumpa said the commission will not sit idle and watch consumers being exploited in the wake of the suspension and has since requested members of the public with supporting evidence to report unjustified price increases in bottled water that has occurred in the last two weeks.

This was contained in a statement availed to ZANIS in Lusaka today.

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