The United Progressive Party (UPP) has criticized the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) for proceeding with its plan to disconnect the water supply of some Barbadians who failed to pay the Garbage and Sewage and Collection Tax (GCE).
In a statement on Sunday, the UPP lamented that the country’s poor would be most affected while charging that the water bills of the wealthy were allowed to “run into the millions.
The UPP insisted that a more efficient means of introducing the new Solid Waste Tax would have been to exempt the most vulnerable which would usually be those with lower water consumption; and require those with the highest
water consumption to pay a slightly higher tax per day.
Last month, Chairman of the BWA Leodeane Worrell revealed that Barbadians were refusing to pay the GSC tax, leading to a 40 per cent fall in the utility’s revenue in the August- September billing period.
In an update last Friday, Worrell told Barbados TODAY that a significant number of domestic and commercial customers were not complying with the GSC tax
She credited the compliance to the BWA making good on its threat to disconnect people and companies racking up arrears because of a refusal to pay the hike.
“Since our last meeting we made it clear that the Barbados Water Authority has the right to cut off the water of people who are in arrears and the non-payment of the entire bill constitutes arrears. So we have started to implement a concerted effort to doing that and as a result of that quite a few number of people have entered into arrangements with the Barbados Water Authority to clear their arrears,” Worrell said
The BWA Chairman also warned corporate entities that have not paid their water bills to “look out, we are coming.”