Peru’s national association of water and sewerage utilities Anepssa fears that the new water law will put utilities in danger and affect the development of the sector. [..] Article 40 of the new water law establishes that utilities cannot cut potable water services for nonpayment of bills. Congress is likely to fully approve the water law by April .
The bill was approved on January 15,  by legislators but must be voted on again by the permanent committee, which will resume full functions on March 15.
“We disagree with the proposal [...] because we think it encourages payment delays when our companies give up to two months before cutting off services,” Anepssa manager Sonia León Mendoza [said].
People with lower incomes have a special rate, taking care of the social aspect. If utilities cannot charge, infrastructure maintenance will suffer and the service could collapse, León Mendoza said. [...] According to León Mendoza, the country’s sanitation infrastructure is old and must be improved in the short term.
Sourrce: BNamericas [subscription site], 27 Jan 2009