Agbar’s Executive Chairman, Angel Simón, was interviewed this morning by the journalist Jordi Basté on the radio programme “El Món a RAC1”. During his intervention, he emphasized the importance of creating a single, independent regulator, “who sets the minimum conditions for the water sector in a professional manner”. He moreover added that it should be established “with the consensus of everyone” and with the participation of institutions, civil society, professional associations and unions, among others.
On the other hand, when asked about remunicipalization, Angel Simón has always supported a debate. “We are present in 1,300 municipalities in Spain and in 70 countries worldwide, and we are therefore used to talking with authorities responsible for the water cycle and establishing agreements with them”, he stated. He was also in favour of public-private partnerships.
Angel Simón also highlighted the importance of reuse as a solution for the coming challenges. “We must be capable of reusing 100% of wastewater. We could see this within the next four years”, he indicated. For this, it would be necessary to reach agreements with the administrations.
Another subject addressed in the interview was the water bill. Angel Simón explained that, out of the total of Aigües de Barcelona’s bill, 34% is for the water service provided by the company, and indicated that, over the last few years, this part has only risen by the equivalent to inflation, while the remaining part, which includes other concepts, has increased by 75%.
As regards social assistance for people at risk of social exclusion to confront the payment of the water bill, Agbar’s Executive Chairman recalled that “Aigües de Barcelona set up the solidarity funds in 2012, three years before the Law in the Parliament of Catalonia, which has not yet been passed”.
In relation to quality, he also explained that Aigües de Barcelona is the first water company in the world to obtain ISO 22000 certification, which demonstrates that the water supplied has the same health quality as any other food.
To listen to the complete interview, click on the following link and, once open, go to the audio for Thursday, 22 June, 10h-11h, “El Món a RAC1”, starting from minute 9.23: http://www.rac1.cat/a-la-carta/el-mon