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No Water Supply for Over 10 Years

Published: 
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I am pleading with WASA to please provide some sort of resolution to this no-water situation. It is now over 10 years and the situation is bordering on a human rights issue as our basic needs are not being met, especially when we pay for that need by way of insurmountable bills.

A letter was written to WASA’s Director of Operations and delivered by hand to the St Joseph Head Office on April 6, with no response to date.

This was its content:
“I am one of the many residents of Seaview Hill in Carenage. A village that has had 96 per cent of its environs with a vibrant water supply for many years. Seaview Hill on the other hand has not had a water supply in over 10 years. In September 2015, your contractors installed quite a number of new “blue lines”, presumably to eliminate illegal connections and to supply legitimate WASA customers.

Since then there has not been a supply of water, giving false hope to customers in the area and not to mention the major concern of the possibility of misspending and the lack of accountability for use of public funds for such a project.

It can be estimated that this simple project may have cost the state millions of dollars.

“There are over 200 residents without supply and who are desperate for a regular supply of running water. My rental apartment where I reside along with others, requests your free service of truck borne water approximately twice per week. I cannot imagine the further expense to WASA for such a service to customers that are inconvenienced by the rare case of no water supply in comparison to customers who have never had water.

“This is absolutely unacceptable for customers’ basic necessities and goes completely against WASA’s mandate, corporate goals, vision and mission.

A copy of this letter along with a signed petition would be forwarded to the Chief Executive Officer and the Regulated Industries Commission of the Ministry of Public Utilities for a reasonable explanation and a possible speedy resolution of this matter.”

This is extremely unfair. Where there are desperate people, there are people who would take desperate measures to find resolve.

Orlando Pyle,
Seaview Hill,
Carenage