Christmas seemed brighter for residents of Cedros and Icacos as the Water and Sewerage Authority made good on its promise to deliver water to over 600 residents who were suffering for the precious commodity in the leadup to Christmas.
On Christmas Eve, resident Shaheeda Maharaj said they received a truck-borne supply at Ramsey Avenue, Icacos.
“I am so relieved right now. I took out all the clothes to wash. We had a sinkful of dishes. We are so thankful that we got a little water.”
WASA, in a statement, said other areas including Lalla Street, St Quintin Estate, Los Gallos and Bamboo Village which are supplied by the Granville Water Treatment Plant and are located at the extremities of the water distribution system, also received water.
“Over time issues such as shortfalls in production due to under-producing wells at the Plant, increased demand and undersized mains, have affected the reliability of supply to customers in these areas,” a WASA official said.
He noted that St Quintin Estate and Los Gallos are targeted to receive a pipe-borne water supply five days per week. The supply is currently on to the area.
“Bamboo Village is targeted to receive a pipe-borne supply two days per week. The last supply was on the 17th and 18th December 2018, so the area will next be supplied on December 26,” the official said. He noted that Ramsey Avenue receives an irregular supply so WASA has been supplying water along with the assistance of the Councillor and the Siparia Regional Corporation’s water tanker.
“The authority also began servicing customers on Lalla Street via water trucks on Sunday and Monday,” the official said adding that Icacos residents will continue to receive pipe-borne water until Boxing Day.
Councillor for the area Shankar Teelucksingh said the five-day schedule that WASA outlined for Los Gallos and St Quintin Estate was inaccurate, saying residents have not seen any water for more than 15 days.
“Why is it WADSA sends water only when people complain. Since 2015 Icacos residents have been seeing trouble for water. There are no problems in the Granville and Chatham Water Treatment plants so what is the problem?” he asked. He called on WASA to reimburse the residents, noting that villagers are forced to put their tanks on tractors and head further up the peninsula to get water. Others are being forced to pay $300 for a tankful of water.
Teelucksingh called on WASA to review the water distribution process saying too many people were suffering.
Reporter: Radhica De Silva