No raise in water rates, says PM

There will be no increase in water rates, says Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.

She says her administration also has no intention of privatising the Barbados Water Authority.

She made it clear during a press conference today at Ilaro Court, the official residence of the Prime Minister.

Referring to a social media post made by a former political opponent, Mottley said it was unfortunate such information about expecting a change in the amount paid for water was being placed in the public domain.

“I want to say categorically there has been no such discussions about the raising of water rates. I want to also say there has been no such discussion about the privatisation of the Barbados Water Authority. We did that in 2019, but when you have this kind of speculation from persons who should know better, all you are doing is diminishing the quality of our democracy.”

Mottley did mention that Government will continue to transition the reform of state-owned enterprises, and will be looking at the Rural Development Commission and the Urban Development Commission.

In addition, she said the aim is still to be world class within the next seven years. “We are looking good, but we still have to cross the finish line.”

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