To compound an already financially burdened society or in local-parlance add insult to injury, the Water and Sewage Authority (WASA) has advised via a news release dated June 17th 2021, that they propose to embark upon a debt recovery initiative against errant customers in the environs of Chaguanas.
The country is already stressed by high levels of unemployment and financial chaos resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic, where customers have lost their income streams with no support measures initiated to render assistance during these uncertain times by the Government of the day.
Where is the human face of WASA? Why not facilitate a moratorium for customers in default pending the amelioration of the financial environment? The thrust of WASA’s debt recovery should be on a concentrated drive to remedy the leakage along the pipeline infrastructure which creates a tremendous financial loss to WASA’s income stream.
The Government of the day must direct WASA to hold their hands on this initiative pending the overall improvement of the economic fortunes of the country.
This action is simply another attack on the pockets of the poor and vulnerable in the region, who are the first to encounter additional financial hardship by the Government’s actions or inactions.
Mr. Minister of Public Utilities, this is the moment to display the “caring” aspect of your Government.
MP Vandana Mohit