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Ortega's Nicaragua approves the privatization of drinking water services

Friday, November 13th 2020 - 08:51 UTC
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A lawmaker with Ortega's ruling Sandinista Liberation Front, said the water reform aims to “modernize the service and bring it to rural communities” A lawmaker with Ortega's ruling Sandinista Liberation Front, said the water reform aims to “modernize the service and bring it to rural communities”
Seventy lawmakers from the ruling party voted to amend the law in order to permit concessions for private companies to deliver drinking water and sanitation services Seventy lawmakers from the ruling party voted to amend the law in order to permit concessions for private companies to deliver drinking water and sanitation services

The Nicaraguan parliament, controlled by the party of leftist President Daniel Ortega, on Thursday, approved a reform that will open the door to the privatization of drinking water services in the Central American nation.

Seventy lawmakers from the ruling party voted to amend the law in order to permit concessions for private companies to deliver drinking water and sanitation services in some areas of the country. Sixteen abstained.

Nicaragua's water services are currently controlled by the government.

“It does not just open the doors to the privatization of water, it opens all the gates,” Ruth Selma Herrera, former director of Nicaragua's public Aqueduct and Sewer Company said.

Walmaro Gutierrez, a lawmaker with Ortega's ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front, said the water reform aims to “modernize the service and bring it to rural communities” without access to drinking water.

He said that the water service would not be privatized because “it is the government that will grant the concessions.”

Ortega opposed water privatization when he was the leader of the opposition from 1990 to 2006, during which time Nicaragua's conservative governments privatized the country's energy and telecommunication systems.

“They want to take advantage of the water in order to make money,” said Herrera, who led a 2005 social movement that thwarted former president Enrique Bolanos from his water privatization push.

For years Nicaragua's, public water company has racked up millions of dollars worth of losses that have prevented it from investing in expanding its services.

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  • Fito Garcia

    Traidior de la patria. the water belongs to the people not the government or capitalistas

    it is free for all and not for making profits for filthy capitalistas

    Nov 14th, 2020 - 07:42 am 0
  • Chicureo

    Water rights are private property and can be sold and taxes just like private property.
    ¡Viva Ortega!

    Nov 14th, 2020 - 06:20 pm 0
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