From 18 per cent of the Trinidad and Tobago population receiving a 24/7 water supply in 2010 when the People’s Partnership Government took office, WASA is now providing 69 per cent of the country with a full 24/7 supply of water.
In Tobago it is higher, with 70 per cent of that population receiving a 24/7 supply.
In a statement in the Senate yesterday, Minister of Water Resources and the Environment, Ganga Singh, who in a previous incarnation had famously promised “water for all”, also stated that WASA had now achieved 97 per cent of its mandate to provide all customers with a water supply of a minimum of two days per week.
He said WASA’s public image has improved and the authority has achieved a 67 per cent customer satisfaction rating, according to a Mori poll.
The poll showed a 56 per cent reduction in negative reporting on WASA and an overall 33 per cent drop in media reports and media mention, Singh said, adding the results were for the period May-June 2011.
He said the national coverage for wastewater was 30% i.e., only 30% of the population had access to centralised wastewater treatment system.
Noting that water-supply services had been given priority over wastewater development by previous governments, Singh said the People’s Partnership Government was committed to shifting this paradigm. He said to this end two major contracts under Phase 1 of the Multi-Phase Wastewater Rehabilitation Loan in the amount of US $246.5 million (TT$1.3 billion) were signed on Monday. The contracts are for:
1) the construction of the Malabar Wastewater Treatment Plant and Collection System at a total cost of $620 million with Sinohydro Corporation and
2) the construction of the San Fernando Wastewater Treatment Plant and Collection System at a total cost of $654 million with a joint venture comprising Acciona Agua S.A.U and Atlatec S.A.