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WASA In $5 Billion Debt. Rate Hike Unavoidable Says Chairman

WASA In $5 Billion Debt. Rate Hike Unavoidable Says Chairman

The Water and Sewage Authority is warning citizens that an increase in rates for the commodity seems unavoidable.

At present the Regulated Industries Commission is reviewing the request for a hike in water and electricity rates.

WASA Chairman, Romney Thomas, says with the utility facing a debt of five billion dollars and with climbing operational costs, an increase in water rates seems likely.

He was speaking during Wednesday’s meeting of the Public Accounts Committee.

On the issue of addressing damaged pipeline WASA’S Director of Operations, Sherland Sheppard, said there is a short-term plan in place to tackle the problem but cited financing challenges.

PAC member, Paula Gopee Scoon, insisted that there needs to be a greater level urgency from the utility in resolving these issues.

Meanwhile, T&TEC General Manager, Kelvin Ramsook, appealed for patience from the public as the utility works to fix thousands of affected street lights.