Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Water use restrictions still in place, WASA warns

Image by Victoria Islas from Pixabay

Image by Victoria Islas from Pixabay

Although citizens are being told to prepare for an above-normal rainy season, WASA is warning that its water use restrictions are still currently in place.

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) issued a statement on Thursday reminding the public that Water Use Restrictions implemented on January 28, 2019, remain in effect.

The company said these restrictions pertain to the use of hosepipes and any similar apparatus for the purpose of, among other things, watering private gardens and or washing private motor cars, which is prohibited in accordance with the Water and Sewerage Act Chapter 54:40 of the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago (the “Act”).

WASS said the reminder was being given in light of the current harsh Dry Season, which is having a negative impact on water production at several of the Authority’s surface water treatment facilities throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

"This situation is affecting the reliability of supply to various communities, particularly those which are elevated or at the extremities of the distribution system. However, some persons not directly affected, have been engaging in the wasteful use of water as prohibited under the restrictions."

WASA said if necessary action can be taken against those in violation of the restrictions.

"Customers and the general public are further reminded that, under the Act, the Authority has the responsibility for administering the supply of water and promoting the conservation and proper use of water resources as follows:

"Upon giving notice to the public, the Authority may prohibit or restrict the use of its water supplied through a hosepipe or similar apparatus for the purpose of watering gardens or washing motor vehicles. This includes the use of sprinklers, pressure washers, as well as decorative fountains, waterfalls and other outdoor artistic features that utilize water."

"The Act places responsibility on the owner/occupier of any premises to maintain and keep any water fittings in good condition so that the water supplied to those premises will not be wasted, misused or unduly consumed or contaminated before use.

The company said the Act also controls the prohibition of any owner or occupier of any premises supplied with water by the Authority, to supply or permit another person to take any of that water for use in other premises.

The Act also prohibits anyone from taking, using or diverting water from a reservoir, water course, conduit, pipe or other apparatus belonging to the Authority, or from willfully or negligently operating or otherwise interfering with any valve or other apparatus belonging to and utilized by the Authority for supplying water.

People are also prohibited from attaching any pipe or apparatus or making any alteration to any pipe belonging to WASA.

WASA said it will be stepping up its surveillance for compliance with the above water use restrictions and will be pursuing the prosecution of persons found to be in breach of the said restrictions.

Any person found in breach of this prohibition is liable to a fine upon summary conviction, WASA said.

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