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Justice ordered OSE not to sign the contract to build the Arazatí plant

Justice ordered OSE not to sign the contract to build the Arazatí plant
Justice ordered OSE not to sign the contract to build the Arazatí plant

Judge Alejandro Recarey pointed out that “there are grounds to assume” a process of partial privatization in the supply of drinking water.

Photo: Municipality of Montevideo

The Justice ordered State Sanitary Works (SBI) not sign the contract to build the water treatment plant in Arazatí (San José) within the framework of Neptune Projectafter the judge Alejandro Recarey pointed out that “there are grounds to assume” a process of partial privatization of the drinking water supply for the metropolitan area.

This Monday, Recarey granted a precautionary measure of “not innovating” and issued an interlocutory ruling that orders SBI not to sign the contract with the consortium Waters of Montevideo. The government will appeal this ruling Power of attorney and will present an appeal within the week.

Recarey admitted a precautionary measure that was presented by the National Commission in Defense of Water and Life and the Tucu-Tucu group to stop the project. The organizations point out a possible privatization of the tap water service and a loss in its quality.

“A process of partial privatization of the public drinking water supply”

In his sentence to which he agreed AmbitRecarey assures that “there are grounds to assume that we may be facing a process of partial privatization of the public supply of drinking water”, in violation of article 47 of the Constitutionsince “it will be the private sector that designs, builds and maintains the raw water intake infrastructure of the Silver riverits initial analysis, its purification, and finally its transfer to Melilla (in Montevideo)”.

Likewise, the lawyer affirms that there are “serious indicative extremes”, which “lead to consider that it could be choosing to serve the population of the metropolitan area with water of lower quality than that which they could enjoy (coming from other cleaner sources). “.

For this and other things, Recarey resolved: “Accede to the requested measure of not innovating. And, on its merit, order OSE not to sign the contract with the Aguas de Montevideo consortium. This until an express judicial resolution is verified in Wrong Way”.

Source: Ambito

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