The importance of a reliable water supply cannot be overstated.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne and Opposition Leader Jqamal Pringle have set aside their political differences to address Antigua and Barbuda’s water issue, showcasing the leadership needed to tackle it.
During parliamentary sessions, Browne and Pringle delivered passionate speeches, urging their parties to work together on the longstanding water production and distribution problem.
The issue had previously been a source of political blame.
This discussion arose during an amendment to a resolution from September 2020 when the government took on a financial liability of EC $169 million to improve the island’s utility infrastructure managed by the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA).
Pringle proposed a dedicated water production agency, leaving APUA for distribution.
Pringle called for bipartisan collaboration and suggested hotels contribute to a fund for maintaining a reverse osmosis plant.
Prime Minister Browne agreed on distribution issues but also highlighted water misuse due to low pricing, advocating for higher water rates.
Their unified efforts offer hope for a brighter water future.
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