Duke calls on government to increase water rates

Duke calls on government to increase water rates

PSA President Watson Duke has come up with some suggestions of his own, following a newspaper report this morning that a cabinet sub-committee has been given three months to figure out how to improve water distribution and the company’s finances.

The article quoted the Prime Minister as saying that WASA is overstaffed by 4,000 people and subsidized by $1.8 billion per year.

However, in response, Duke is calling on government drop the subsidy and increase water rates and introduce a metering system.
He said we should be charging people for the cost of producing water.

He also suggested that metering was the best way forward, adding “if you get water, you pay for what you use. If you don’t get you pay nothing, or pay a standpipe rate.”

Duke said this would be more effective at cutting WASA’s debt than firing workers.

He said he intends to fight to ensure workers are not laid off.