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Reports of excessive fees charged by PRASA spark Senate probe

Sens. Gretchen Marie Hau and Juan Zaragoza

By The Star Staff

Guayama District Sen. Gretchen Marie Hau Irizarry and at-large Sen. Juan Zaragoza Gómez filed a resolution Tuesday to investigate the processes carried out by agencies, departments and public corporations of the Puerto Rico government at the time of being allocated funds.

Specifically, the measure directs the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Essential Services and Consumer Affairs, chaired by Hau, to investigate the systems of permits and services provided by agencies, departments and public corporations.

“To cite an example, let’s see that since July 1, 2022, a new fee structure came into force in the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) that has been the subject of multiple criticisms and accusations,” Hau said. “In particular, it is alleged that a large majority of the costs associated with services and activities provided by this corporation reflected a considerable increase.” The resolution states that in the case of new drinking water connections, the previous rate established for half-inch pipes amounted to $800. However, since the new fee structure entered into force, for that same service PRASA charged $1,931.40.

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