Monday 14 October, 2019

WASA to drop charges against farmers, return pumps

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) says it has no interest in pursuing the charges it brought against farmers in Aranguez.

Further, the Authority says it will return the seized pump equipment.

This, as more than 300 farmers have applied to the Water Resources Agency for abstraction licences for the abstraction of water from water courses for irrigation purposes.

WASA said the process has begun for the issuance of these licences.

In a statement on Wednesday, WASA said, for now, it will, with immediate effect, cease actions in relation to the unauthorised abstraction of water for irrigation purposes where the abstraction does not impact on the operations of its facilities.

WASA is also encouraging farmers who are abstracting water without authorisation to ensure they are registered with the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries and apply at its Water Resources Agency for licences to permit the sanitary use of such water.

But, it made it clear that it reserves the right to resume enforcement activities as authorised by law, in the public interest if deemed necessary. 

WASA notes that an extended harsh dry season continues to impact not just Trinidad and Tobago, but the wider Caribbean region.

As a result, Water Use Restrictions imposed in January remain in force until further notice.

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