Saturday, March 25, 2023

The ombudsman shared the water in a public audience and asked to take the user to account

Gabriel Savino, in charge of the Ombudsman of the province, shared this Monday in the Public Hearing that the Regulatory Entity for Sanitary Services (Enress) to discuss the new charter of Aguas Santafesinas Sociedad Anónima (Assa). In the meeting, which was held personally at the Rodolphe Walsh Chambers of the Government Headquarters in Rosario, he did not consider the 40 percent renewal in the two sections of the user, he again demanded the implementation of the Social Tariff and progress. of small measures.

Savino began by showing that the proposal to increase by 80 percent (or two 40 percent tranches that end up being more than 90%) is “economically and financially based on increased costs,” but he added: “We understand that the equation lacks a determining factor and that is to consider the user as the subject tax”. The defender also confirmed that the project does not “relate to the quality of the service provided”. In 2022, and only in the city of Rosario, we opened 190 tables for complaints related to drinking water and sewage service. others as many in the other 14 cities where the company provides services” .

The Head of the Office of the Ombudsman also observed that in “the report on the estimated expenses for the current year, many things double the growth target of the national government”.

Regarding the social rate, the Ombudsman estimated that years and hearings have passed and that it is paradoxical that the most vital public function of the Social Rate system does not have, maintaining its arbitrary goal of privatization system (Social Case) with electricity and gas. through social networks have had models for years. “The Social Rate, in addition to being fair to people who have violated financial resources today, will help reduce the cost of bad debt in 2022 by an estimated 700 million pesos,” he added.

In another part of his presentation, Savino emphasized that “it is necessary to immediately have a new regulatory framework for drinking water and sewage service to end the provisional government that has been protracted every year.”

Also, the official asked to proceed with a small measure of duty. “Another element, to which there is no more reference and which contributes to the rational use and care of the matter, is the measurement of consumption. In the 2018 audit we were informed that only 20 percent of users had measured their consumption and it was expected to reach 64 percent in 2023. But the information does not we have about what you are receiving with us now.

The defender added in this sense, the Office of the Ombudsman advanced and last year the Legislature presented “a bill aimed at ensuring that any new connection of public water service in vacant land, vertical properties and unit PH in the “functional scope”. of the provision of the public service company Aguas Santafesinas SA is carried out under the regime of micro-metering volumes”.

Finally, Savino referred to the losses in the distribution system, which he considered very serious and deserved the company’s actions to “reduce losses and reduce costs”. “The following year it was revealed at the hearing that controls were used in the Canadian towns of Gómez and Firmat referring to the detection of scum and water. These same things could be replicated in the states of Santa Fe and Rosario. We think that it will be transcendent, since without the water system it will conspire against the sustainability of the health system as a whole” he concluded.

This Tuesday, a hearing will be held for the water service in the city of Santa Fe, where the Ombudsman in charge, Jorge Henn, will participate.

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