|WASA not perfect |
CAROL MATROO Friday, May 19 2017
RESIDENTS in Fishing Pond, Sangre Grande can breathe again as within the next four to six weeks, their roads would finally be paved after a project conducted by the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) was completed last year .
Their first complaint had been about an acute shortage of water. Now that this matter has been resolved, dust became the new problem as the roads dug up by WASA were not repaired leading to the area becoming a dust bowl when it is dry and the roads a mud course when it rains .
Public Utilities Minister Fitzgerald Hinds who toured the area yesterday, admitted that as a nation, “we have not done the best we could in maintaining our roads.” “There are a thousand very bad reasons for that, that is the reality, but this has become particularly bad since WASA did the job of providing water to the community. The road has to be rehabilitated and that is what we are doing now,” he said .
Hinds said Government did not have the capacity to provide water 24 hours a day, seven days a week to every household, every business, every location where it was needed. “After 55 years of Independence, we have still demonstrated an inability to do that. I don’t know that there is any country in the world that provides water 24 hours a day to every household or business,” he said .
Hinds said statistics showed that 28 percent of the nation receives water on a 24-hour basis .
“The ambition is to be able to do that for all of our citizens, but unfortunately we have not been able to do that. Some societies have been able organise themselves in such a way where they have major reservoirs that they use .
“I cannot do that. It has to do with a lack of resources, poor management, poor productivity both at the level of the management and the workers, corruption, purchasing of inferior materials. We have to fix the organisation that is responsible for doing that and that is WASA.” Hinds assured that the levels of the country’s reservoirs were more than able to supply the country .
“We are higher than the daily recorded average in the dry season .
The catchment of water that we have now is not a problem. We are going to be distributing that water prudently, sensibly and equitably. It is the reason why WASA reviewed the distribution schedule and published it so everyone can know when to expect water based on the schedule,” he said .
When asked about the quality of the water supply in some areas, Hinds said he had never had the experience, but was not unaware of the complaints .
“While there are going to be complaints, we are attempting to do better. There have been 278 households who benefitted from WASA project. WASA is not perfect, it has been supplying water to this country since 1965, but we have got to move on, we have got to do better, move further,” Hinds said.