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Fraser refuses to be blamed for D3’s water woes

Fraser refuses to be blamed for D3’s water woes

Third District Representative, Julian Fraser, has said he refuses to accept any blame for his district’s decades-long water woes, placing that firmly in the lap of his opponents in the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and the National Democratic Party (NDP) in particular.
Speaking at the launch of his Progressives United (PU) campaign at his Sea Cows Bay base on Saturday, Fraser said little had changed when he returned home from the United States in the 90s concerning the quality and quantity of water the Third District had been receiving.

Days before he left office in 2003 after serving as Minister for Natural Resources & Labour with a previous VIP government, Fraser said a plant was commissioned in Sea Cows Bay which is located in the district.

According to the Third District Representative, the plant ran for 10 years since that day, producing more than 350,000 gallons of water a day — more than enough for the people of the Third District.

But the six-term incumbent argued that the plant was closed by the NDP government in 2013 without a replacement being put in.

In the meantime, he argued that his now-opponent from the VIP, Kevin ‘OJ’ Smith, was ‘right there’ with the NDP at that time when he ran for office in 2011 and rebuked Smith for criticising the state of the district’s water distribution programme now that Smith is running for office.

“Now he’s got the gumption to come talk about water shortage in Sea Cows Bay,” Fraser said. “Yeah, the people who you associate yourself with are responsible for it. I’m not taking blame for that.”

Fraser also taunted the VIP candidate about making promises to the electorate if he gets elected. “[They’re] talking about what they’re going to do, if they get elected. The word ‘if’ is important, remember that. If, they get elected,” Fraser said. “But you know it ain’t going to happen.”

Fraser also accused the NDP of installing a one-mile-long, eight-inch-wide water line between Meyers and Chalwell Estates in 2015 which he said was never connected to a water source at either end.

“You talking about money? You’re talking about nonsense? Let them talk that,” Fraser argued.

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