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The National Observatory for Consumer Protection has announced that it will file a recourse of the unconstitutionality regarding the government signing for public-private partnerships for water services. The Abinader government has announced it is looking into using mechanisms within the Public-Private Partnership Law 47-20 to build aqueducts.

The Observatory is concerned that the recently passed PPP Law 47-20 together with the proposed Water Bill, approved in July by the Senate and currently in the Chamber of Deputies, are paving the way for the privatization of water supply in the country. Aqueducts in the Dominican Republic have always been government-owned and operated.

The group says that the Constitution establishes that water supply is a public resource. It mentions United Nations Resolution 64/292 declared water to be a human right as are life, liberty and property...

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