CWSA should ask gov’t to pay more – ex-manager

Former CWSA manager and opposition legislator Daniel Cummings (Internet photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Former Manager of the Central Water and Sewerage Authority (CWSA) Daniel Cummings believes that the company should have asked the government to increase its subvention as Vincentians next month begin paying more for its services.

“Mr. [Garth] Saunders, you should have asked the government to consider adjusting it rates,” Cummings, an opposition legislator, said at a press conference last week.

Cummings’ statement came one day after the CWSA announced that Vincentians will in February begin paying at least EC$5 more per month for water and solid waste management.

The government is expected to pay the CWSA EC$1.4 million annually for water used at state facilities.

However, the state owes the CWSA just under EC$3 million, according to manager Garth Saunders, who said that the CWSA has not asked the government to increase its subvention even as other consumers pay more.

“The government has not thought it fit to increase its payment for 10 or so years, or more,” Cummings said, noting that the government has been paying EC$1.4 million a year since in the early 1990s.

He said that the government must pay its “reasonable share” for the CWSA’s services.

According to Cummings, the government consumes an estimated 35 to 40 per cent of the water supplied by the CWSA but pays only 9 per cent of its revenue.

According to Saunders, the actual cost of the water supplied to Government is between EC$4 million and EC$5 million.

Cummings told reporters that the government is billed for water at rates that are as low as 40 per cent of what other consumers pay.

At market value, the water the CWSA supplies to government facilities, would amount to approximately EC$10.5 million, Cummings said.

This is in addition solid waste management service, he noted.

If the government were to pay only 50 per cent of this, the CWSA would be more than able to operate normally, Cumming further stated.

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4 thoughts on “CWSA should ask gov’t to pay more – ex-manager

  1. So we are not buying water, we are paying a tax, a tax to cover the misuse of the CWSA by the Gonsalves government.

    We know its difficult to pay the bill when you have bankrupted the country.

    PAY UPppppppppppppppppppppp


    Posted by Peter | January 23, 2012, 11:24
  2. I am at a lost here MP. I have a few questions i hope peter can help me answer:

    1. Who uses the water that government is supposedly responsible for?

    2. If the govt dont pay its subvention as they call it, what should the CWSA do?

    3. If the Govt was paying its Subvention on time and fully, would the CWSA be justified in asking for a rate increase as suggested by the consultants?

    4. If the CWSA, was to ask for an increase in rates from the Gov’t who will ultimately be paying for it the tax payers or the members of parliament on the Gov’t side?

    5. How should the CWSA finance upgrades to its water system on the mainland?

    Posted by John | January 23, 2012, 12:51
  3. So if the Government pays more, who is really paying, Comrade or the tax payers??? FOOLS!!

    Posted by no-nonsense | January 23, 2012, 22:23
  4. Its whats called double taxation. Gonsalves takes the tax’s and plonks the money in the Christian Blood airport at Argyle. Then instead of paying the government water bills, he expects the citizens to pay more in way of price increase for their water to cover that which the government uses and refuses to pay for. We are paying twice for the water, to help pay for the airport.

    Then to make matters worse the Venezuelans knock us for $10 million that they owe for the Cuban wages.

    The so called Comrade, which is his Marxist title, is fooling the people again.

    You obviously do not understand company law. Directors and shareholders are not the company, the company is a separate body. For any shareholder or director to take water without paying is taking a pecuary advantage over other clients, and is breaking the law, its theft.

    Gonsalves pay the water bills, electricity bills and the hundreds of bills that are owed to creditors, amounting to multi millions.

    Stop work on the airport and pay all thre creditors, when we are straightened out, start work again.

    Get rid of the Cuban workers, pay wages to Vincentians instead, so as the revenue curculates in SVG instead of Cuba. Also whilst your at it get the Cubans out of our ministries.

    Get the $10 million owed by the Venezuelans.

    Get money from the airport company to pay for all the diesel fuel drawn from VINLEC to run trucks and machinery.

    I know its difficult when the Castro’s and Chavez have stopped talking to you. Try and get them to pay their bills, we are just a tiny state being taken advantage of, politicaly and financialy by these two Marxist crap monsters.

    By the way, why not go to Canada, they have a very special greeting awaiting you.


    Posted by Peter | January 25, 2012, 18:17

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