Ameen: WASA must provide enough truck-borne water

The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

WASA employees on site at the Curepe Interchange along the Churchill Roosevelt highway on March 14 after a water main burst, causing supply issues from Oropune Gardens to St Ann’s. – Photo by Roger Jacob

ST AUGUSTINE MP Khadijah Ameen is calling on the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) to provide adequate truck-borne water to residents affected by its burst pipeline near the Curepe interchange on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway.

In a statement sent on March 14, Ameen said, “It is crucial that WASA provide truck-borne water to residents and to the schools in the area while repairs are being conducted. The common practice seems to be that there is at least a one-week wait for delivery of truck-borne water after a customer makes a request; however, given the circumstances and the population density of the affected area, I am appealing for the necessary supplemental resources.”

On March 14, videos of the burst pipeline near the Kaydonna Roundabout began circulating on social media. The authority, in the morning on March 14, posted a message on its social media, advising customers in north Trinidad serviced by the Caroni Water Treatment Plant that there would be disruption in their service due to the burst pipeline.

The statement said the authority turned off the water supply so a crew could assess the damage and what repairs would be needed.

The areas affected are Oropune Gardens, parts of St Augustine, Curepe, Valsayn, St Joseph, Champs Fleurs, Mt Hope and Mt Lambert.

The statement told customers a limited truck-borne water service is available.