Thursday, February 22, 2018

It’s only water for some with WASA

Enough is enough! When WASA had one pipe the people of T&T—Morvant to be exact—had water. Now with pipe here, there and every corner you turn, there is a busted pipe, water flowing across the street—we have an interrupted supply.

How can WASA expect citizens to accept the rationing of water when every time you turn on your TV, listen to the radio and turn the pages of the daily newspapers (Sunday Express, June 8, Page 6) all you can see is fellow citizens from Freeport, Penal, San Juan and other areas boasting of water “every day, 24 hours a day, the pressure busting buckets? Are the citizens from these areas better, different from other citizens? Why is WASA giving preferential treatment to these areas?

Earlier this year the Minister of the Environment and Water Resources, Ganga Singh, tooted his horn, boasting of a billion-dollar upgrade for WASA and yet some of us, especially Morvant residents, must be subjected to interruptions in our water supply. Clear the air, Mr Minister. This situation is simply politics at work.

When I get home from work on Mondays and Wednesdays I am greeted with dry taps. Why?

I pay my WASA bill on time and in full yet I am being looked upon as a second class citizen because I do not reside in certain areas. Is WASA showing its true colours?

When the senior residents on my street (Ramier Street) ask for assistance in obtaining water, and they see and hear and read these ads what am I to tell them? That it’s because we live in Morvant and not Penal or Biche? They need an honest answer, Mr Minister.

These advertisements have been displayed for months and it seems as if they are going to be around for some time yet. If these ads are part of the campaign for the 2015 elections then there should be “this is a paid political announcement’’ accompanying them.

WASA is like a recurring decimal with problems as soon as one problem is solved, oops here comes another. I have had enough water problems with WASA up to last year.

I understand it is due to dry season and low water levels so I accepted the interruption in the supply. But when I am seeing, hearing and reading of people boasting of water every day, 24 hours a day how can I accept this interruption? Are those areas not experiencing a dry spell too?

I have spoken to WASA officials on this unacceptable situation and it seems there’s no competent reply.

I have family members who work, children attending school and an ill mother. How can I accept this situation? Maybe I should move to one of these rural areas!

Deborah Hosten