Despite fanfare over new Fort James RO Plant, deFreitas complains that communities are still without regular water

After Government’s great fanfare about the opening of the Fort James Reverse Osmosis (RO) Plant, Franz deFreitas says his community – which is the Villa Area – is still not receiving pipe-borne water on a regular basis.

The Fort James facility was commissioned last Friday, September 9, and is expected to produce a half-million additional gallons for distribution in The Point, Villa, Yorks, Dry Hill, Fort Road and other neighbouring communities.

However, REAL News has been reliably informed that the Plant has broken down. Accordingly, residents of Yorks and Villa say they did not receive water at all on Tuesday, September 13.

DeFreitas, the United Progressive Party Candidate for St. John’s City South, says he was happy to hear these communities would begin receiving water on a 24-hour basis.

However, although the Browne Administration hurried the construction of the Plant to score political points, he says it is still unable to deliver on its promise.

Meanwhile, as the Administration pounds its chest about the construction of the Fort James Plant, deFreitas says it is nothing to be celebrated.

He reminds the Government that residents were expecting proper water service years ago – and not on the cusp of a general election.

The UPP Candidate says he and the people of this country deserve water every day – rather than the current situation in which 50 percent of the population is getting water and the other half is without.

Irate residents are complaining that the Administration is unable to get anything right; hence, they are calling on the Prime Minister to name the elections date, so he can be removed from office.