Water tariff exemptions continue for pensioners

Stabroek News
November 24, 2002

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Pensioners will continue to be exempted from paying water bills at least up to the end of the year.

However, the position is not clear on how the tariff issue will be handled in 2003 given the commencement of the management contract by Severn Trent.

Severn Trent is a United Kingdom company which is expected to streamline the local distribution network as part of its five year US$20M contract.

Contacted on Friday, Guyana Water Inc (GWI) Public Relations Officer Audreyanna Thomas said pensioners would continue to receive exemptions of between 50% and 100% of their bills. She further said that institutions which had benefited from exemptions last year would receive similar treatment this year. But Thomas could not say what position the new management would take on the issue of exemptions.

The five senior managers from Severn Trent were expected to have started work on Friday following the disclosure of the company's successful bid for the management contract.

Cabinet Secretary, Dr Roger Luncheon, at his weekly post-cabinet press briefing had said that personnel from the company were expected to start work on November 15 with the contract starting on January 1, 2003.

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