Saturday 17 November, 2018

Some POS schools closed for second day amid water woes

Some schools in the Port of Spain area were closed for up to two days due to water shortages as a result of a burst main.

Sources reported that St Mary's College, Bishop Anstey High School, Newtown Boys RC School and some private schools in the Port of Spain area dismissed students and teachers due to water shortages on Tuesday. 

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) said the issue stemmed from a burst main along the Beetham Highway, which occurred on Sunday night. The main was repaired around midday on Tuesday.

The shortage affected residents in parts of north-east Trinidad, including Port of Spain, St James, Cocorite, Woodbrook, Cascade, and as far east as Piarco. 

The Ministry of Education issued a statement on Monday empathising with affected teachers and staff, acknowledging that some schools were forced to close their doors earlier than expected as a result of having no water on the compound.

Education Minister Anthony Garcia thanked teachers and students for their commitment and acknowledged that unforeseen circumstances like these can hinder the learning process.

“Days like today are perfect examples as to why we should maximise the time we have in the classroom," he said. 

The Ministry said operations were due to return to normal on Tuesday, however, WASA said it would take up to 36 hours for the water supply to normalise. 

Affected customers are advised to contact WASA’s Customer Call Centre toll-free at 800-4420/26 for further information and assistance.


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