Municipality of Gondomar tries to lower the price of water

The Mayor of Gondomar, Marco Martins, and the Councilor for the Environment, José Fernando Moreira, received this Thursday, July 30, elements of the Civic Movement in Defense of the Interests of Consumers of Águas de Gondomar, in a face-to-face hearing at the Town Hall.
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Executive met with the Civic Movement in Defense of the Interests of Consumers of Águas de Gondomar

The withdrawal of the concession to the private company Águas de Gondomar was the main demand of the Civic Movement at the meeting with the elements of the Executive. In view of the Movement's demands, Marco Martins says that the municipality follows up on its concerns, considering them legitimate. However, he recalls that the Executive faces several constraints in its action before a concession to a private company contracted in 2001, valid until 2031, and what are the implications in the case of non-compliance.

Regarding the possibility of assuming the burden of reducing water tariffs, Marco Martins points out that it is not for lack of political will that the Gondomar City Council has not yet done so. There are legal issues that limit it, in addition to the investment options that the Municipality is obliged to take in its municipal activity: “injecting capital from the Municipality to reduce the tariff implies suspending other investments by the Municipal Council (schools, works, etc…) ”, he said.

In addition, the Chamber is working on a solution that will make it possible to reduce the water tariff in the municipality, namely through a request to rebalance the Águas de Gondomar accounts that favors the population. The tariff reduction has been a concern of the Executive since the first day he took office.

Since 2019, the Executive has been studying the possibility of asking for a rebalancing that favors the citizens, through the search for legal instruments that make it possible to reduce the bill of the citizens, as an alternative to rebalancing the accounts requested from the company.

The Mayor stresses the importance of working together between the Town Hall and the Civic Movement for the critical mass that these moments can provide, hoping, through them, to gather and discuss a set of solutions that can solve the demands of the citizens.

In this sense, the Mayor of Gondomar asks the Movement to report the abusive situations of specific cases, having even requested the delivery of documentary evidence of these abuses, by Águas de Gondomar, in CMG, so that the Chamber can exert pressure on the competent authorities.

More frequent work meetings with the elements of the Civic Movement were proposed by the Executive, the next one is already scheduled for next September.

One of the issues will have to do with the discussion of a supervisory commission, where not only the Movement and the population will be present, but also the various political forces, so that the process is totally transparent. With this, the Municipality intends to demonstrate that it is on the side of the Civic Movement and the Gondomarians and that it understands their demands.

At the end of the hearing, Marco Martins was convinced that there was an understanding on the part of the Movement that it was not due to the will of the Municipal Executive that the reduction of the steps was not done, but due to legal limitations, inherited contracts and financial limitations. .

It is, therefore, important that Gondomarenses are aware that there will always be costs to be assumed, either through the price of water, or through the reduction of investment made by the Executive, so that the Chamber can assume the costs of possible tariff reduction.

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