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Martinique Assembly Votes for Single Water Authority: A Step Towards Uniform Pricing

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Mahnoor Jehangir
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Martinique Assembly Votes for Single Water Authority: A Step Towards Uniform Pricing

On November 30, the Assembly of Martinique made an unprecedented move, voting unanimously to establish a single water authority across the entire territory. The initiative aims to ensure a uniform water price throughout the island, a significant stride towards fair and equitable access to this essential resource.

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Legal Aspects and Implementation

Although the assembly has voted in favor, the establishment of this single authority still requires formal authorization. Various legal aspects are under study to ensure a seamless transition. The roots of this initiative trace back to July 29, 2021, when leaders of Martinique's three community agglomerations and the president of the executive council of the Martinique Territorial Collectivity (CTM) expressed their joint intention to form a single authority by 2027. They also agreed on the CTM's involvement in financial and project management.

First Steps Towards a Single Authority

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A significant milestone in this journey was the adoption of a framework agreement related to upgrading and securing drinking water and sanitation infrastructures. This agreement, which forms part of the "CTM 2022-2024" recovery plan, was adopted by the Martinique Assembly in February 2023. The CTM, being the only entity that can request authorization within its areas of competence, is also empowered by the General Code of Territorial Collectivities (CGCT) to create public establishments, such as water and sanitation agencies.

Future Uncertainties

Despite these advancements, the future of this single authority structure is fraught with uncertainties. Key issues like pricing and financing are yet to be resolved. A comparative analysis to determine the best approach among the proposed solutions is expected by the first quarter of 2024. This analysis will guide the path forward, shaping the future of water accessibility and management in Martinique.

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