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Aguakan to challenge Congress decision to revoke extended contract

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Aguakan says they will challenge the State’s decision to revoke the extended 30-year concession. Company Desarrollos Hidráulicos de Cancún SA de CV, better known as Aguakan, will challenge the decision announced by Quintana Roo Congress to end their concession on its original date of December 31, 2023.

As of January 1, 2024, Aguakan will no longer provide its water and sewage services to four of the state’s most busy and populated municipalities. As of now, Aguakan, which is a private company, services the municipalities of Benito Juárez (Cancun), Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos and Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen).

Aguakan says they have been granted a concession until December 31, 2053, however, that extended 30-year concession was revoked by State Congress last week on several legalities and technicalities.

“Decree 195 absolutely ignores the nature and governing regulations of the Concession Title and invades spheres and powers of the sovereign Municipalities granting the Concession, as well as the Executive Branch of the State of Quintana Roo, which represents a clear transgression to the constitutional order and applicable law,” said Aguakan.

In a lengthy statement Tuesday aimed at citizens, the water company acknowledged the end of its concession by State Congress and proceeded to detail its accomplishments over the years.

“After the session where the deputies of the XVII Legislature of the State Congress modified the validity of the concession granted to our company Aguakan for the provision of drinking water, sanitation and wastewater treatment service, it is essential for us to share the milestones that we have achieved in the last 30 years of operation,” Aguakan said in its opening statement.

State officials have not commented on the possibility, if any, of the Aguakan concession continuing past its initial agreed contract, which is to expire December 31, 2023.