Heavy rains in South Trinidad brought temporary relief to residents who have been suffering from water shortages since January.
As WASA issued new water schedules for South and Central Trinidad, many residents said they were hopeful that it would not change and they will be able to enjoy a reliable water supply at least once or twice per week.
At Diamond Village, San Fernando, businesswoman Fazeeda Maharaj said the rains brought some relief as she was able to collect some emergency supplies.
Pointing to a barrel of water which she filled from rainfall, Maharaj said, "Today we will finally be able to flush the toilets and bathe. We have not had water for over ten days. I have baskets of clothes to wash."
Melissa Ravello, from Ridgewood Gardens, Golconda, who operates K&K Minimart, said she had been unable to run her business because of the water shortages.
"I normally make doubles on evenings but I cannot do it now because there is no water. The tank is dry," she said.
Ravi's carwash nearby was shut down because there was no water to wash the yard.
At Caratal Village, Gasparillo resident Thalia Banwarrie said she was not happy with the schedule.
"I think they are discriminating when it comes to water. They are saying we will get water once per week but it has been three weeks and we have no water," she said.
At Corosan Village, George Village, Tableland, resident Keith Ramlal said they still have not had any water. He said WASA provides communal tanks. He said if a pipe-borne supply could be provided once per week, residents will be overjoyed.
Meanwhile, MP for Princes Town Barry Padarath who was ordered to be removed from the Parliament after the Speaker of the House rejected his motion of definite matter of urgent public importance on Monday, said WASA should stick to its schedule.
He said WASA's water distribution has been skewed as only a few constituencies in south Trinidad have been consistently without pipe-borne water for the past two months.
Padarath warned that if WASA continues to discriminate against Princes Town, Mayaro and Tableland, the protest action will intensify.
He said he planned to return to the Parliament on Monday to raise the issue again.
"We will take empty buckets, basins, bathtubs, dirty clothes, dirty dishes, and thirsty constituents to the Prime Minister's Office and the Parliament if the water crisis is not addressed," Padarath said.