REAL NEWS: Damani Tabor, public relations officer of the United Progressive Party (UPP), says the Gaston Browne Administration’s promises on water seem to be stuck in the pipeline.
Tabor recalls that, over a year ago, Prime Minister Browne said the water issues would be resolved in 90 days.
But this is far from being reality, with the country’s water problems being discussed again, last Wednesday, during the weekly Cabinet meeting.
At present, there are complaints that water delivery is sporadic – with some communities not getting the precious commodity for days or even weeks – and that the colour and smell are unacceptable.
He recalls, too, that Browne had accused the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) workers of sabotaging the water-distribution system, and he wonders whether this is still the case the Executive is making.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet is promising that another Reverse Osmosis (RO) Plant will be constructed on Barbuda and that an important piece of equipment for the Ffryes facility –which has been taken offline – should be on island early this week.
But Tabor says the people deserve better than the continued piecemeal announcements outlined in the Cabinet Notes.
Residents need to know why the Administration has failed to give APUA management and staff adequate support, allowing them to meet the timelines they announce but keep pushing back, the UPP spokesman says.
The Administration has cited broken pipes as one reason for the challenges with water delivery to various communities; but Tabor is asking why these pipes have not been replaced, to date, when a Barbadian company was expected to be contracted to deal with the issue.
Tabor wants to know what has become of this plan, and opines that the Browne Administration is making jokes with the people.
In the meantime, the public relations officer commends APUA’s management and staff for doing their best with the limited resources at their disposal.
He says they are on the ball, but the Government has failed to give them the support that is required.
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