WASA: Reservoirs below average, water restrictions continue

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) says the existing Water Use Restrictions and revised water supply schedules that were implemented in keeping with its Water Supply Management Plan during the 2019 Dry Season, remain in effect.

WASA issued a statement Thursday saying that notwithstanding the commencement of the 2019 Wet Season as declared by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service, the intermittent showers experienced thus far have had no discernable impact on the levels at WASA's four main impounding reservoirs.

Further delay in restoration of water supply in North East Trinidad

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) said Wednesday that customers in parts of North East Trinidad who are currently experiencing an interruption in their pipe borne water supply due to ongoing emergency repair of leaks on its 42 inch diameter North Oropouche Transmission Main, that the time for completion of works has been extended to 12 midnight on Wednesday.

WASA said the delay has been due to unforeseen challenges at the jobsite associated with the extent of damage to the pipeline that was observed upon excavation.

The areas that continue to be affected include:

Water restrictions remain despite official start of Rainy Season

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) says that despite the declaration of the start of the 2019 Wet Season, the Water Use Restrictions implemented on January 28, remain in effect until further notice.

WASA is further advising that the current revised water supply schedules also remain in effect.

WASA warns of payment fraud

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is warning of people purporting to represent the authority, approaching vendors/contractors who engaged by WASA, with promises to provide cheque payments for outstanding invoices.

WASA says that such payments would reportedly be done on the payment of a commission to the individual presenting the cheque to the vendor/contractor.

In such instances, it says these cheques have been of a fraudulent nature.

WASA is point to the approved process for receipt and collection of cheques.

WASA to return pumps to farmers; ceases action against them

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) has said that over 300 farmers have applied to the Water Resources Agency for licences and the process has commenced for the issuance of same. 

It said that in view of this development, the Authority is not desirous of pursuing the charges against the farmers and will return the seized pump equipment. 

It said that, with immediate effect, it will, at this time, cease actions in relation to the unauthorised abstraction of water for irrigation purposes where the abstraction does not impact on the operations of its facilities.

WASA urged to introduce meter system

WASA is be­ing en­cour­aged to in­tro­duce a me­ter sys­tem, to mon­i­tor wa­ter us­age across the coun­try.

This was just one, of many sug­ges­tions put for­ward by a Joint Se­lect Com­mit­tee on Land and Phys­i­cal In­fra­struc­ture. The com­mit­tee re­leased its 6th Re­port on an in­quiry in­to the main­te­nance of drainage and road­ways on Wednes­day.

Aranguez farmers challenge WASA’s seizure of water pumps

The Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Au­thor­i­ty (WASA) has been called on to jus­ti­fy the ac­tions of its es­tate po­lice of­fi­cers who seized wa­ter pumps from two Aranguez farm­ers over the week­end.

In a let­ter sent to WASA’s cor­po­rate sec­re­tary Dion Ab­dool yes­ter­day, lawyers rep­re­sent­ing Ish­wah Singh and Han­sraj Mooni­lal gave the au­thor­i­ty un­til 4 pm to­mor­row to give a de­tailed ex­pla­na­tion over the con­tro­ver­sial seizure.

The duo’s lawyers al­so gave WASA the op­tion of im­me­di­ate­ly re­turn­ing the equip­ment to avoid le­gal pro­ceed­ings.

Rains bring water relief for some

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.