Peruvians protest against water privatization

Hundreds of Peruvians marched against the privatization of the pubic Lima Drinking Water and Sewerage Service (Sedapal) as they headed towards the Ministry of Housing Construction and Sanitation. “Water is a right, not a privilege” was the motto that demonstrators shouted along Javier Prado Avenue, in Peru’s capital.

The protesters demanded the Supreme Decree number 214-2019-EF, a resolution that establishes that the state-controlled water institution is moved to the private sector.

However, Housing Minister Miguel Estrada said that the administration has no plans to privatize Sedapal, on the contrary, it will invest more into the water agency to improve its service.

“The law allows it (privatization) but that’s not part of our agenda. This government is not thinking of privatizing Sedapal, because is a public right and is our duty to give that service to the people. We are doing investments to expand coverage in Lima,” explained the minister.

Sources: teleSUR, Pichincha Universal.

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