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St Ann's resident, Patrick Hamel-Smith, has been without pipe-borne
water for several months. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
4,000 crying out for water
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toweringly latch onto the hillside, res-
idents of Plaisance Development have
consistently had no pipe-borne water
Land developer and resident, Patrick
Hamel-Smith. told the T&T Guardian
the situation was unbearable.
"Dirty clothes are backed up and it
causes a lot of stress. We have to buy
water weekly for drinking and cooking
because what we get from the trucks we
keep for flushing toilets and washing."
He said the truck supply could be reli-
able but it was highly inconvenient.
"For this year so far we've ordered
over 15 times. I buy three five-gallon bot-
tles of drinking water every two weeks
or so for my family of five. It's costly,"
Another neighbour said he could not
wait on the truck supply and sometimes
paid for a supply once or twice a month.
That could cost his household $1,200
each trip and lasted two days with wash-
ing or one week without washing, if they
really tried to stretch it, he added.
Health worker and resident of Upper
Cascade, Tricia Cummings, said: "It is
unfair to us when you are expecting to
get water and it doesn't come. There are
many professionals living in the area and
it is frustrating when people go to work
all day and can't shower, cook or use the
toilet when they get home at night."
The mother of four is a nurse attached
to the St Ann's Hospital and she said the
situation was similar at work.
"We have nurses toting water and we
sometimes ask psychiatric and mentally
disturbed patients to come and help tote
water to bathe and clean other patients.
Things there cannot be done without
water. It is the largest mental hospital in
the Caribbean region and we have 27
wards with more than 80 patients a
In the low-income areas, like Upper
Ariapita Road, the situation was the same.
A 68-year-old woman, whose 86-
year-old mother is bed-ridden, said she
had been forced to use grocery bags inside
the commode in order for her mother
to defecate in as they had no water to
flush the toilet.
Councillor for the area, Sherwyn Jones,
told the T&T Guardian he has been flood-
ed with calls from people across his dis-
trict for at least a year.
"Well over 4,000 people are affected
by this situation, and even certain parts
of Belmont, like Durant and Upper Bel-
mont Valley Road, as well."
He said he had been in correspondence
with WASA and only Tuesday he spoke
to a representative.
"I was told everything supposed to be
okay and normal but the reality is that
what he is saying and what people are
experiencing are two different things
entirely," he added.
The problem is not discriminatory of
class or race, Jones pointed out that
throughout the district, "like Cascade
where you may find more upper and
middle class, and the areas of the lower
class as well are all affected."
An elderly resident said the problems
began several years ago when the water
supply, which had been coming from the
Cascade Spring, was stopped.
"Cascade always had water because
of that spring but we began having prob-
lems after they stopped taking water
"People used to go above the filter bed
and bathe and those down below were
told that it was not sanitary to drink that
water and people complained about what
they were doing but it has not stopped."
She appealed to WASA: "If you decide
to give us water, send it at least during
the night so people can do what they
need to do in the house and make sure
it lasts long enough to enable home-
owners to complete their work."
MP for Port-of-Spain North/St
Ann's West, Stuart Young said: "From
time-to-time, I have been made aware
of irregular water supplies in areas of
my constituency, including Cascade
and St Ann's.
"On each occasion, I communicate
directly with WASA and attempt to
have the situation rectified. WASA
has been under strain firstly, with
inadequate water supplies during the
dry season and recently, WASA has
had some issues with their
equipment, including pumps and wells.
"There does not appear to be any
quick and simple solution but I
certainly have been doing as much as
is possible whenever I am informed
that constituents have been suffering
from inadequate supplies of water to
provide them with relief.
"WASA has been working with me
and other MPs to try and alleviate the
difficulties associated with inadequate
Contacted on the issue, WASA's
corporate communications manager
Daniel Plenty said the authority would
address the residents' concern.
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