Delgado blasts gov’t for water overcharges, raising electricity rates

By John McPhaul

Popular Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate Carlos “Charlie” Delgado Altieri blasted what he called the “incompetence and lack of sensitivity” of the New Progressive Party (NPP)-led central government such that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic it overcharged for water service and said it will raise electricity rates.

“The incompetence and lack of sensitivity of the NPP government has reached extreme levels,” Delgado said. “As if the country did not have enough problems, today we woke up to the news of a possible increase in electricity [rates] requested by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and that the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority has overbilled for our water service in recent months in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.” .

The Isabela mayor said this is another example of the collapse of the current NPP government administration.

“This government has failed the country by not serving those affected by Hurricane Maria and they have not established a recovery plan. Nor have they cared for those affected by the earthquakes, much less have they established a concerted and effective plan to address the repercussions of the coronavirus in the country” Delgado said. “The only thing they have done is turn their back on the people, ignoring their needs, and now they charge more for essential water and electricity services.”

Delgado said that for the past four years “the country has been in the wrong hands.”

“The dangerous thing about this scenario is that they intend to govern past January,” he said. “The same ones who have failed the people by limiting aid and losing our people’s funds. The people with their vote have to make themselves felt and reject them at the polls.”