Privatization of water has long been planned by the Browne Administration, despite loans for APUA, deFreitas says

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REAL NEWS: The privatization of the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) Water Business Unit has always been a plan of the Gaston Browne Administration, opines Franz deFreitas, the United Progressive Party (UPP) caretaker for St. John’s City South.

The Administration is having serious issues with the timely and daily distribution of water throughout the country, and is currently in discussion with two private entities to take over certain of the division’s operations.

But deFreitas says he is fundamentally opposed to any move to privatize the APUA Water Division’s responsibilities.

According to him, as it now stands, citizens and residents already pay a phenomenal rate for water that is of a very poor quality.

He adds that households rarely get water on a daily basis; and when they do get it, the quality and condition of the commodity areterrible.

This has forced many people to purchase water privately for household use – and also at exorbitant rates, he says.

Pointing to a loan that the Government took out – over three years ago – to deal with the water infrastructure, deFreitas says this was a prelude to the nefarious plan to privatize the Water Division.

He believes the Browne Administration already knew it intended to privatize the Unit; and yet it saddled the people with a huge loan to repay.

DeFreitas says this proposed move will be a burden on the backs of Antiguans and Barbudans for generations to come.

The sooner the people realize that this is an uncaring government and take the necessary steps, the better their lives will become, the UPP caretaker says.

Meanwhile, deFreitas says there are rumours in circulation that this water-privatization venture might be of financial benefit to some members of the Cabinet.

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