WASA to return pumps to farmers; ceases action against them

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 10:30

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.

"The Authority encourages farmers who are abstracting water without authorization to ensure they are registered with the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries and apply at its Water Resources Agency for licences to permit the sanitary use of such water," a statement by WASA said. 

It said that WASA reserves the right to resume enforcement activities as authorized by law, in the public interest if deemed necessary.

"The Authority notes that an extended harsh dry season (as has been reported by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service [TTMS] and Barbados - based Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology [CIMH]) is impacting the Caribbean region," it said.

It added that the Water Use Restrictions announced on January 28, 2019 remain in force until further notice.