Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Harry's Water Park stays open

...although WASA disconnects its supply

HARRY'S Water Park in Tabaquite remained open yesterday, although the water supply to the facility was disconnected by the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA).

Harrypersad Ragoonanan, owner of the multi-million dollar park, said he would not be intimidated by threats to shut down his business.

"I have enough water to keep the park in operation and if WASA refuses to reconnect me then I will buy water to run my park. I cannot afford to close down this park. I invested plenty money into it and will lose,'' he said.

However, Ragoonanan suggested that patrons walk with bottled drinking water.

WASA officials disconnected the water supply on Tuesday and charged Ragoonanan with making an illegal connection. Ragoonanan has denied the allegation and is seeking legal advice.

"I have all my bills up-to-date and I have never made an illegal connection.

WASA workers have been conducting an investigation for the past seven months and I have given them all access to my premises. I have been helping them with whatever they wanted. I don't think someone with something to hide would be doing that,'' he said.

Ragoonanan said he was never informed of the charges against him and was unaware that he was expected to appear before a Rio Claro magistrate on September 27.

"I am hearing all of this on the news. WASA never showed me a document stating that I would be disconnected and the company never tell me anything about charges and court,'' he said.

Ragoonanan said the disconnection has come during his peak period.

"If I close the park during the July/August vacation I will lose about $2 to $3 million.

This is my peak time, after this it is really slow for the rest of the year,'' he said.

Ragoonanan has retained an attorney and is seeking a meeting with WASA's acting chief executive officer, Ganga Singh.

"I am a devout Hindu and I can swear on the holy books that I did not do anything wrong. I have nothing to hide here. I cannot make that kind of connection on my own. I don't know anything about an illegal connection,'' he said.

Ragoonanan said the water in his swimming pools is self-cycled and treated with chlorine. The water from WASA pipelines, he said, is used for drinking at the sheds, bar and food court.

WAS's communications manager, Ellen Lewis, said investigations carried out over several months revealed that there was an illegal connection to a WASA transmission main that channelled water via gravity into the waterpark.

Lewis, in a release, stated that WASA also found evidence that a PVC main near the park was tampered with. She said while the waterpark was being billed for using between 11,000 to 15,000 gallons of water a day, the actual usage was estimated to be 30,000 gallons per day.

Ragoonanan responded: "This is not true. I am asking WASA to come in with a meter and measure the amount of water being used. They need to be more open and accurate in doing things. I have nothing to hide.''