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AUGUST 3-9, 2016
The Emancipation Day Gala and
Parade on Monday marked the end
of the two-week intensive phase of
the 2016 Tobago Heritage Festival,
which continues until November.
The parade, under the Heritage
theme Cut and Contrive, began
at the Fortune Chinese Restaurant
in Bon Accord and ended at the
Pigeon Point Heritage Park.
Delivering the feature address,
Secretary for Community Devel-
opment and Culture Dr Denise Tsoi-
a-fatt-Angus deemed the parade a
success and said it was due in part
to the guidance given by Dayne Job
and Glenda Rose Layne.
She also credited the success to
the Youth in Culture Programme,
which was initiated two years ago
with the aim of creating an avenue
to give youths the chance to par-
ticipate in the cultural initiatives.
The Secretary said she was par-
ticularly impressed with the street
theatre which showcased the cus-
toms which were important to our
The Baptist movement, the fam-
ily, drums and the desire by the
ancestors to do their best all the
time were some of the culture traits
highlighted during the parade.
She pointed out that it was the
ancestors struggles which made
them strong and gave them the
courage to overcome harsh sit-
The demand for water in Tobago is out-
weighing its supply, which is now crippling
businesses, mainly hoteliers, on the island.
Acting head of the Water and Sewerage
Authority (WASA) Tobago region, Peter Hackett,
has confirmed the company is experiencing a
production shortfall on the island in the height
of the rainy season.
On a daily basis, Hackett said WASA produces
nine million gallons of water daily (MGD) to
serve its 22,177 customers, while the demand
in Tobago was 12.5 MGD.
"There is a shortfall of 3.5 MGD," Hackett
admitted yesterday in a telephone interview.
He said during the July/August period the
situation worsens when there was an influx of
40,000 visitors and tourists to the island, with
the demand soaring to 16 MGD.
"Tobago is faced with an almost 50 per cent
increase in population at guest houses and
hotels. That puts an additional demand in the
system. This causes the shortfall."
In additional to this, Hackett said people were
still in the habit of wasting water, while WASA
has been trying to minimise its leaks.
This was the situation WASA has been faced
with in the last few week, as hoteliers continue
to complain about a lack of water on the island,
mainly at Crown Point and Bon Accord.
Over the weekend, Hackett said a few hoteliers
called WASA to complain about not having the
"Right now we still have a water shortage.
Although the rain has been falling in different
areas, we have not been able to recuperate from
the prolonged dry season," he said.
"We are looking at demand and supply. If
we don t have sufficient rainfall to fill the aquifers
and river courses, this would always create a
strain for us."
The dry season ended in May.
At its stands, Hackett said WASA s Courland
Water Treatment Plant has been producing
between five to ten per cent of water for the
south/west areas, instead of its full capacity.
"Courland is supposed to produce about 2 million
gallons of water per day. It is producing just about
ten per cent of that. So this is where we are at."
To mitigate against these impacts, the author-
ity has begun implementation of its water supply
and conservation plan, which includes the redis-
tribution of water from unaffected areas to more
water stressed areas.
"We are monitoring the supply to the
south/west areas carefully. We are making sure
that the hoteliers are taken care of. As a matter
of fact, we have been doing that quiet success-
He said WASA was looking to extract four
MGD ground water and establish a desalination
plant, which would bring much relief in Toba-
go.President of the Tobago Hotel and Tourism
Association, Christopher James, said hey had
been working closely with WASA to co-ordinate
water distribution to hotels and related busi-
"The lack of seasonal rainfall has meant that
for the last few years our normal ground water
supply has been reduced. Most of the time we
do have adequate supply but at peak periods,
like August, we will have to supplement pipe-
borne water with truck deliveries."
James said while WASA recently commis-
sioned wells at Mary s Hill and Calder Hall,
producing close to one MGD, they also have
other exploratory wells being drilled, which will
further alleviate this problem.
Secretary of Tourism and Transportation in
the Tobago House of Assembly Tracy David-
son-Celestine said at times problems may crop
up that may cause businesses not to get water
in a timely manner.
"From what I am hearing to a large extent their
(businesses) needs are met. That is the information
that I have," Davidson-Celestine said.
Yesterday, Allan Clovis, who operates Kariwak
Village hotel, said after a dry out week, WASA
had improved its supply over the weekend.
"I got enough water in our taps and filled up
our tanks," Clovis said, adding he felt relieved
WASA had also ramped up its delivery service.
General manager of Magdalene Grand Beach
Christopher Forbes said its hotel had not been
affected by the water woes. (Trinidad Guardian)
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