|El Salvador: Anti-Water Privatization Law Submitted for Legislative Approval|
|Written by Jason Wallach|
|Wednesday, 24 January 2007 09:43|
Hundreds of anti-water privatization activists
"This country has among the lowest levels of
potable water coverage in
Catholic-based Cáritas, the environmental group UNES, ASTAC and 17 other groups contributed to the development of the proposal.
"This law would regulate water usage, rates and service providers and in a way that puts the service under human control," said Zoila Quijada, an FMLN deputy, whose party is supporting the measure.
Surprisingly, the right wing National Conciliation Party (PCN in Spanish), often at odds with the FMLN on high-profile issues, also supports the Potable Water proposal. Quoted by the Diario CoLatino, PCN deputy Orlando Arévalo hinted that, rather than a whole-hearted backing of the measure, his party's support is based on frustration with the ARENA government's repeated failure to present water sector reform legislation. The future of both proposals is unclear.
The music group Exceso de Equipaje serenaded the crowd outside the Legislative Assembly.
Morazán Gathers to
Contest Water Privatization
"As workers at ANDA (
Despite promises from high-ranking officials, a
government-sponsored proposal for a "General Water Law," has been stalled for
months. The proposal would apply to all surface and sub-surface waters in
Many attendees said they would oppose any government attempts to privatize the resource in Morazán.