Riot Police Clear Protesters From Highway in Chilibre
Tuesday, July 17 2012 @ 09:23 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: Show me your receipts for paid water bills. In Panama the IDAAN is owed millions of dollars - I forget the official figure but it's a ridiculous amount - because the people who receive water service simply do not pay their bills. It's literally impossible to either maintain or expand a water distribution system if you don't have enough money to do so. There are vast areas where squatters have simply taken over and built houses on land they don't own, and then they come down and complaint that it would be ILLEGAL for the IDAAN to install a potable water distribution network for an illegally constructed neighborhood of squatters. So, the close the streets to complain. Once again, this is yet another example of what happens with the government tries to run something. If the water distribution system was privatized and run for profit as a joint venture with the government - much in the same way as the electrical and telecommunications systems are - then service would improve and the network would expand. In the meantime we continue to fight the same battles that have been fought literally for decades, with no hope of ever making a true, fundamental change for the better.