WASA destroys illegal river set-up in Santa Cruz
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.