Published On: Mon, Jan 6th, 2014

Leeflang: ‘Free water available for the less fortunate’

Omayra LeeflangWILLEMSTAD - Everyone has the right to clean drinking water. This is recognized by the Convention on Human Rights and would therefore also apply to the less fortunate who are not always able to pay their water bills on time. This is according to the Independent Member of Parliament, Omayra Leeflang.

The Ombudsman has indicated this in a letter dated October 11, 2013 to the Minister of Social Development, Labor and Welfare Minister Jeanne - Marie Francisca. This letter referred to another letter from 2012 from the Kohehe Foundation (fighting for the welfare of children) to the Ombudsman, in which they asked for help from the government to resolve this. This letter was forwarded to the Government of Curacao, but to date this letter has not received a response.

Proposal

According to Kohehe there is a breach of human rights because Aqualectra suspended the supply of water to citizens who do not pay their bills on time. The Ombudsman refers to the Belgian Drinking Water Decree, which states that every family is entitled to fifteen cubic meters of free water. Institutions dealing with children and care should also be given free drinking water.

Structural solution

Leeflang: "I hope that we can get answers from the Minister. Now, I have the following questions to Minister Francisca: What is your opinion on the proposal of the Ombudsman for fifteen cubic meters of free water available to the less fortunate? How much water should you wish to make available and how can it be financed?” Leeflang MP also wants more insight into the number of families who do not have water at the moment.

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