Wednesday, February 21, 2018

No water in South for Christmas

SEVERAL customers in South Trinidad faced dry taps for Christmas yesterday following an electrical problem at the San Fernando Booster Station.

Some said it was their worst Christmas ever as they were hampered in cooking their Christmas meals and entertaining friends and relatives.

"It's terrible. This is the first Christmas my family experienced something like this," said Farisa McCalman of Dottin Street, San Fernando.

She said they were able to full four buckets of water at Skinner Park, San Fernando and had to use that to prepare their Christmas lunch and for other necessities.

"When these buckets are finished, we will have to go somewhere else to get water," McCalman, who lives in a household of six, told the Express.

One customer from Duncan Village, San Fernando said yesterday's interruption in pipe-borne water was an inconvenience to her and her household.

"We can't cook. Everything remained in the fridge. We have people over and we don't know what to do," said the caller, who wished to remain anonymous.

She pointed out that not everyone has a tank at home to be able to have water at all times and they are the ones who suffer when such circumstances arise.

"This spoilt the Christmas and it is the favourite time of the year for me," she said.

Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) corporate communications general manager Ellen Lewis said the problem was an electrical one at the booster station.

She said officials from Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) were on the scene but wet weather conditions hampered the work of the repair crew.

She said, in the interim, WASA was seeking to provide a limited truck-borne water supply to customers.

By 4.30 p.m., however, Lewis said the problem at the booster had been rectified.

Areas affected were located in and around Fyzabad, South Oropouche, Phillipine, Palmiste, Gulf View, Bel Air, Union Hall, San Francique, from Duncan Village to Penal and along Siparia Old Road and Siparia Erin Road.