MP demands Utilities Minister fixes water woes for his constituents
Member of Parliament for Barataria/San Juan Saddam Hosein is complaining about a water shortage in his constituency.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Hosein said residents in San Juan, Barataria and El Socorro have been suffering for over a month with no water.
He blamed the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) and the line Minister Marvin Gonzales.
The MP further lamented that their concerns have been falling on deaf ears. As such, he called on the Minister of Public Utilities to immediately intervene and bring relief to those living in the area.
“The Minister must act swiftly and competently to ensure there is water in taps of the constituents.”
“A multitude of complaints have been lodged with no relief given to the residents. It seriously inconveniences the children who are at home as a result of the closure of schools and creates an environment which is not conducive to learning.”
Hosein said he has also received several complaints from the business sector of the ongoing situation.
“This water crisis places additional financial burdens on businesses as they are forced to source water privately and pay exorbitant amounts of money for truck-borne water, in these harsh economic times.”
Addressing the current pandemic, the Opposition MP said it was hypocritical of the Government to instruct members of the public to take precautions to stem the spread of COVID-19 without providing water for cleanliness.
“Furthermore, it is nonsensical that the Ministry of Health on a daily basis will advise members of the public to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by washing their hands and sanitizing, yet they are left without water in their taps.”
WASA has repeatedly said that a harsh dry season and sparse rainy season has left reservoirs critically low.
The authority previously urged members of the public to conserve water.