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The Government of Saint Lucia is receiving kudos for its recent decision to grant a tariff increase to the Water and Sewage Company (WASCO). The tariff increase positions the utility company to become economic viable and importantly to improve service delivery.

Jamaican born Miss Denise Forrest  who has over 12 years experience in waste management, environmental management, environmental auditing and assessments and project management says the decision by the Government of Saint Lucia is a move in the right direction. Miss Forrest who is currently the Project Coordinator for the Global Environmental Facility, Caribbean Region Fund for Wastewater Management Project says the tariff increase in Saint Lucia will go a long way to improve wastewater management. Approval of tariff increases must be complemented by steps to improve management of the utility.This has been done by government with the appointment of Mr Vincent Hippolyte as the new WASCO General Manager.

Miss Forrest says additionally the company must move to cut wastage and increase efficiency by managing issues of non revenue water. The increase water rates were granted after an extraordinary review by the Water Commission.

The aim was to get over the expenses WASCO incurred during the drought of 2009/2010 and to recuperate from the losses suffered at the hands of hurricane Tomas in late October of 2010. So far the company has received some financial relief.
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