The Ministers of Education and Public Utilities have given assurances that water shortages will not prompt schools to close unexpectedly for the duration of the term, despite projections that the harsh dry season will continue into July.
Minister of Education Anthony Garcia met with Minister of Public Utilities, Robert Le Hunte, to review the protocols that ensure schools are prioritised in the water distribution schedule in effect nationwide.
Garcia says principals will have to alert the ministry at the end of the school day if there are supply challenges.
Every day before she takes a bath or cooks her first meal for the day, pensioner Patsy Thomas has an arduous task.
She must fill four buckets of water from a standpipe at King's Wharf, San Fernando a few hundred metres from her home.
While people look on without offering any help, Thomas places the buckets into a shopping cart and labouriously pushes it to her home.
People seem blind to her struggles even though the city is bustling with mid-morning traffic.
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.
The water crisis in Tableland is so terrible that Francisca Mendoza says she has had no other choice but to haul water from a river and push it uphill using a box cart so she can bathe her kids.
She was one of several people who came out to protest for water at Glod Road, Tableland on Tuesday. Mendoza said for the past two months she has not received a single drop of water in her taps.
The region which includes parts of the constituencies of Moruga/ Tableland, Princes Town, Mayaro/ Rio Claro and San Fernando East has been without water for more than two months.
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers in parts of Central Trinidad served by the Caroni Water Treatment plant, that there would be an interruption in their pipe borne water supply on Wednesday 1st May 2019, between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm.
WASA says this has become necessary in order to facilitate repairs to a defective valve off the Caroni South Trunk Transmission System, located along the Caroni South Bank Road, Kelly Village.
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is reminding the public that the ongoing harsh dry conditions have significantly impacted water production at several of the authority’s water treatment plants throughout the country, which has resulted in a deficit of approximately 30 million gallons per day in water availability for distribution.
The statement comes as residents and business owners in parts of central and south Trinidad complained publicly about how the lack of water has been impacting their lives and businesses.
Security officers attached to the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) have laid charges against three persons, for the illegal abstraction of water from WASA’s waterworks system, as well as illegal tampering with a fire hydrant, contrary to Section 6 of the Water Works Act 54:41.
The accused of Bagatelle Road, Diego Martin; Espanyol Street, Diego Martin and Fatima Trace, Paramin, Maraval, have each been served with summons to appear at the Port-of-Spain Third Magistrates Court on 24th May 2019, to answer to the charges.
Even though the Water and Sewerage Authority says maintenance works at the Caroni Water Treatment plant should be completed by Tuesday, residents of Woodland, Penal, and Debe say its been weeks since they received pipe-borne water.
Long before the plant was partially closed, resident Roma Maharaj of Tulsa Trace, Penal, said they have been experiencing water shortages.
“Sometimes we have to spend $350 to get three tanks of water. In the past, we have paid up to $700 for water,” she claimed.
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers in parts of North-West Trinidad served by the El Socorro Booster Station that there will be an interruption in their water supply on Sunday 31st March 2019, between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm.
This has become necessary in order to facilitate repairs to two (2) defective valves along the pipeline transmission system.
Areas to be affected include: