North Leeward MP asks for delay in new water rates

Roland “Patel” Matthews, Member of Parliament for North Leeward. (File photo)

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Parliamentary representative for North Leeward Roland “Patel” Matthews has written to Garth Saunders, manager of the Central Water and Sewerage Authority asking for a delay in the implementation of in the new water rates in the constituency.

Vincentians will next month begin paying the CWSA at least EC$5 more for water and solid waste management.

Matthews believes that the increased rates are unjustified but is asking for a delay became of the poor quality of the water in the constituency when it rains.

“I, Roland “Patel” Matthews, as the Member of Parliament for North Leeward, I have written formally to the manager of the CWSA. The gist of my letter is basically to say to him that whenever it rains in North Leeward we are experiencing a very poor product. … we are basically, as we say in the local parlance, [are] ‘drinking muddy water’,” Matthews said on radio yesterday.

He sad that the CWSA is aware of the situation and its manager has asked publicly for constituents to bare with the company as it tries to resolve the situation this year.

“He said the problem comes from the fact that there is no filtration at the Hermitage collection point, hence the reason whenever it rains the water becomes dirty,” Matthew said of Saunders.

Matthews said that several constituents have called the situation to his attention, hence his letter.

“I have not received an answer but I am just putting it out there. … I have written formally to the company for a delay in the new rates being implemented,” he said.

Rather than the CWSA increasing its rates, the government should “pay their dues,” Matthews further stated.

He said many constituents have had their water supply disconnected people because they are unable to pay.

“Now, what do you think is going to happen when the new rates [are implemented]? It will be worse because those persons who were borderline are going to fall into the category where they can’t pay,” he said.

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7 thoughts on “North Leeward MP asks for delay in new water rates

  1. So yo want the system fixed but dont want to pay the increase which may help to finance the fix? Hmmmmmm

    Posted by John | January 24, 2012, 10:07
  2. Y are these men makin these foolish suggestions. The increase taxes are to fix whatever problems and for proper distribution of water around the island.

    Posted by HQ | January 24, 2012, 11:06
  3. If only the government paid its bills, we would not need a water price increase. The increase is due to this evil Marxist regime.


    Posted by Peter | January 24, 2012, 11:33
  4. Cummings never mentioned better services for the increase, so the guy has a point in asking for a delay. I don’t think the people will have a problem paying for good services and product, but muddy water – nah!

    Posted by Vere | January 24, 2012, 19:07
  5. the CWSA manager did mention that the increase was needed to do several improvement projetcs, Hermitage was included where he said that muddy water will be reduced and eventually eliminated.

    I suspect that other communities had muddy water since the last increase in 2007 ….(as well as others before them)and they go no concession…so why North Leeward when the manager says that the project can be completed by the next rainy season?

    Muddy water only occurs during the height of the rainy season …..and for a few hours a day….. right now I am sure that water quality is perfect and will be like that for the next 7 months …. Amen

    Posted by Carl | January 24, 2012, 21:07
  6. Dont muddy the water, the water price increase would not be needed if the government paid its utility bills, the Gonsalves ULP government is known as a knocker, bad or non payer for goods and services.

    Its only a matter of time before the government under this minister of finance, default on paying Treasury Bills and Bonds.

    GONSALVES ask the Venezuelan scum bags to pay us the $10 million dollars they owe us.

    Posted by Peter | January 25, 2012, 17:11
  7. Sorry folks the present CWSA manager is not Cummings. However the point about the muddy water remains the same. I don’t buy the 7 months prediction of good weather mentioned above. Talk is cheap and what’s needed now is some action. Why wait for rain before the problem is fixed? There is a lesson in all this from the banana fiasco.

    Posted by Vere | January 26, 2012, 01:03

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