WASA warns of payment fraud

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is warning of people purporting to represent the authority, approaching vendors/contractors who engaged by WASA, with promises to provide cheque payments for outstanding invoices.

WASA says that such payments would reportedly be done on the payment of a commission to the individual presenting the cheque to the vendor/contractor.

In such instances, it says these cheques have been of a fraudulent nature.

WASA is point to the approved process for receipt and collection of cheques.

WASA to return pumps to farmers; ceases action against them

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) has said that over 300 farmers have applied to the Water Resources Agency for licences and the process has commenced for the issuance of same. 

It said that in view of this development, the Authority is not desirous of pursuing the charges against the farmers and will return the seized pump equipment. 

It said that, with immediate effect, it will, at this time, cease actions in relation to the unauthorised abstraction of water for irrigation purposes where the abstraction does not impact on the operations of its facilities.

WASA urged to introduce meter system

WASA is be­ing en­cour­aged to in­tro­duce a me­ter sys­tem, to mon­i­tor wa­ter us­age across the coun­try.

This was just one, of many sug­ges­tions put for­ward by a Joint Se­lect Com­mit­tee on Land and Phys­i­cal In­fra­struc­ture. The com­mit­tee re­leased its 6th Re­port on an in­quiry in­to the main­te­nance of drainage and road­ways on Wednes­day.

Aranguez farmers challenge WASA’s seizure of water pumps

The Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Au­thor­i­ty (WASA) has been called on to jus­ti­fy the ac­tions of its es­tate po­lice of­fi­cers who seized wa­ter pumps from two Aranguez farm­ers over the week­end.

In a let­ter sent to WASA’s cor­po­rate sec­re­tary Dion Ab­dool yes­ter­day, lawyers rep­re­sent­ing Ish­wah Singh and Han­sraj Mooni­lal gave the au­thor­i­ty un­til 4 pm to­mor­row to give a de­tailed ex­pla­na­tion over the con­tro­ver­sial seizure.

The duo’s lawyers al­so gave WASA the op­tion of im­me­di­ate­ly re­turn­ing the equip­ment to avoid le­gal pro­ceed­ings.

Rains bring water relief for some

Heavy rains in South Trinidad brought tem­po­rary re­lief to res­i­dents who have been suf­fer­ing from wa­ter short­ages since Jan­u­ary.

As WASA is­sued new wa­ter sched­ules for South and Cen­tral Trinidad, many res­i­dents said they were hope­ful that it would not change and they will be able to en­joy a re­li­able wa­ter sup­ply at least once or twice per week.

At Di­a­mond Vil­lage, San Fer­nan­do, busi­ness­woman Fazee­da Ma­haraj said the rains brought some re­lief as she was able to col­lect some emer­gency sup­plies.

Pay your WASA bill or you'll be cut - Le Hunte

No pay, no wa­ter.

If con­sumers don't pay their wa­ter rate bill they'll be dis­con­nect­ed, says Pub­lic Util­i­ties Min­is­ter Robert Le Hunte.

Le Hunte gave this re­sponse to re­porters in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day af­ter Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress ac­tivist De­vant Ma­haraj called for peo­ple who do not get wa­ter to boy­cott pay­ing their wa­ter rate bills.