Icacos residents get water

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

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