Leaders asked PPUC  not to bill Angaur State for water services

  13 Jan 2017

Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC) has been urged by the President and leaders of Congress not to bill  Angaur State residents water and wastewater service retroactive January 2016.

President Remengesau, Senate President Elias Camsek Chin and House Speaker Sabino Anastacio said that under existing law, PPUC is prohibited from billing Anguar State residents.{restrict]

In a Jan. 11 letter to Sam Masang, Chairmen of the PPUC Board of Directors, it states that the national government can impose restrictions on the PPUC functions as the government is a major shareholder of the agency.

The three leaders also reminded PPUC that   the law requires that the agency comply with the restrictions of billing the residents in Angaur.

Earlier, Angaur State had requested PPUC and the national government not to bill them for water because PPUC has not been able to provide potable water to Angaur residents.

National government passed a law RPPL 9-62 which mandated PPUC not to charge Angaur residents for water and waste water service until it can guarantee potable water.

Palau Public Utilites Corporation had refused to comply with RPPL 9-62 citing that under RPPL 9-4, they were mandated to achieve full cost recovery of their operations. [/restrict]