SACM privatization not an option - PRD

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mexico must take action to improve the service and supply of potable water nationwide without privatizing services, according to left-wing PRD party legislator Alejandro Sánchez.

Privatizing federal district (DF) water utility SACM is not an option, Sánchez was reported as saying by paper Milenio, adding that alternative solutions must be sought urgently to prevent the water system from collapsing.

"We need to make urgent decisions to improve hydraulic infrastructure, since most of this infrastructure is 40 to 50 years old, but under the principle that privatization is not synonymous with efficiency," Sánchez was quoted as saying.

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The DF government has prevented a bill to decentralize SACM as part of efforts to improve service. City authorities have said the move does not mean privatizing the utility.