Saturday, April 18 2015
THE EDITOR: As director, customer care at WASA, I feel compelled to respond to the erroneous and misleading information put forward by Maxie Cuffie, prospective PNM candidate for La Horquetta/Talparo, that was carried in your newspaper on April 15.
Cuffie in his letter took time to reference a number of areas, which he claimed as not even having water lines running to their communities. A statement which a simple check with residents would reveal is, for the most part, totally false.
In fact, apart from McLean Trace, Las Lomas, many customers in the other mentioned areas began receiving a supply either for the first time or on a 24/7 basis within the last four years.
On Lee Kam Trace, Mamoral, the Authority installed a 100mm PVC main approximately one and a half years ago, which has seen customers in that area benefitting from a 24/7 water supply.
Another area referenced by Cuffie was Mundo Nuevo, which also currently receives a 24/7 supply following the commissioning of the new Talparo Water Treatment Plant in 2012.
With respect to McLean Trace and McLean Extension, Las Lomas, pipeline installation works to extend the water distribution system into this area for the first time will commence in the next week and is expected to be completed in approximately one month’s time.
It should also be noted that this follows similar pipeline works already completed in areas such as Harkoo Trace, Jabar Street, Toussaint Lane, Hilltop Drive, Kernaham Trace Extension and Ajodha Road, Las Lomas, where residents are now receiving a first-time, 24/7 supply.
I wish to place these works in the broader context of WASA’s infrastructural development programme, embarked on in 2010 with the aim of achieving 24/7 service delivery to at least 90 percent of the citizens of TT, in this 50th year of WASA’s existence.
Currently, 73 percent of our customers are in receipt of a 24/7 supply and as the Authority continues with its programme of works such as those identified above, among others, we are confident of accomplishing our goal of 90 percent in 2015.