Sunday 18 August, 2019

Councillor urges action as communities face water woes

The United National Congress (UNC) has continued in its call for decisive action and intervention by Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte as residents in the Princes Town region continue to grapple with the effects of an ongoing water crisis.

The latest call comes from Local Government Councillor for the Electoral District of Reform / Manahambre Chris Hosein.  

Residents in South Trinidad are the most affected by the current water shortage, while some areas in Central Trinidad are also affected. The Northern region of the country is the least affected.

Speaking at the 29th Statutory Meeting of the Princes Town Regional Corporation on Tuesday, Councillor Hosein expressed concern and the frustration of the burgesses of his district as they continue to face challenges with accessing a reliable supply of water.

He noted that he has been inundated with calls and visits from burgesses who have not had water for several weeks.
“Over the Easter weekend I attended about seven events in my district. At each event many persons came to me and expressed frustration as they have not had water for weeks. Of course this was just in addition to the numerous calls that I have been receiving.”

Hosein said the supply of water returned briefly a few days ago but was interrupted again possibly before residents had the opportunity to fill up their tanks.

The UNC councillor expressed disappointment that the country “continues to suffer for such a basic commodity as a pipe-borne supply of water in the year 2019”, noting that water is essential to life.   
He issued a call to the Public Utilities Minister to “come down from his ivory tower in Port of Spain and come on the ground to see the plight of the people” saying that it was not only his district being affected.

Hosein further noted that according to the Regulated Industries Commission, in the performance of its functions, they are legally bound to ensure that certain rights of the customer are protected.

He made a plea to the Regulated Industries Commission for their intervention as he said he believes that consumer rights are being breached.

The UNC Councillor also took note of the sitting of the House of Representatives on Wednesday morning where Princes Town MP Barry Padarath was forcibly removed from the chamber. He condemned the move, stating that it was tantamount to dictatorship given.

Meanwhile, the Minister, along with the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) will host a news conference this afternoon to give an update on the water situation.

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