WASA destroys illegal river set-up in Santa Cruz

By Mark Fraser

In a joint exercise involving the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) Estate Police and members of the Police Service, an ille­gal water abstraction operation in the hills of Upper Pipiol Road, Santa Cruz, was stopped.
A news release from WASA said the exercise was carried out on May 22 and resulted in the des­truction of a make-shift abstraction and filtration system where water was drawn from the nearby river via a four-inch PVC pipe.
During the exercise, the offi­cers discovered thousands of gallons of raw water were being diverted from this source, through a series of pipelines ranging in size from three-quarter inches to four inches in diameter, to supply hou­ses and gardens on the hillsides.
The exercise, which was co-or­di­nated by WASA’s manager of se­curity services, Mervyn Pierre, was timely since production of potable supplies from this and other surface-water sources are crucial to maintaining service to customers, particularly in the transition from the dry to the rainy season.
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