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More Water coming for Tobago
The Water and Sewerage Authority
(WASA) has several plans to meet the
increased demand for water in Tobago.
According to WASA's Ag. CEO Allan Poon
King WASA has completed an analysis of
the demand for water on the island.
He made this statement at a public meet-
ing recently, which was held to present infor-
mation to and engage Tobagonians in a
discussion on the authority's new water
"The current population of Tobago is
approximately 65000 and that could balloon
by as much as 40,000 people in peak demand
periods such as the July-August weekend
holiday weekends, Carnival and the Jazz
He said during the dry season production
"The production is about 12 million gallons
from 8 water treatment plants and 23 wells
during the dry season production could drop
to as little as 9 million gallons per day and
it depends on how harsh the dry season is,
it could be even lower than that."
Adding that the lack of rainfall impacts
significantly on surface water resources he
said Courland could go as low as 5% of
He noted that during the dry season "
although the Courland reservoir has 2 mil-
lion gallons capacity it could go to as lit-
tle as 150 -- 200,000 gallons, Highlands
waterfall shut down altogether and Hills-
borough as low as 35%."
Listing the projects carded to improve
Tobago's water supply he said the desilting
of the Hillsborough reservoir is out for ten-
der. "The original approach was to have a
contractor come in and do the work, that
has changed. Given that WASA has four
reservoirs in Tobago and three in Trinidad
we (want to) purchase a dredger and the
ancillary equipment towards having the work
done by WASA."
He said it is a big project since the removed
silt has to be deposited somewhere. "In
Tobago, the Department of Natural Resourc-
es will oversee the impact ... we are going
through what is required as we procure the
He added that additional production wells
are to be drilled. "This will give us an addi-
tional 4 million gallons per day on a sus-
Poon King said the majority of wells will
be drilled in the southwestern area "...The
4 million gallons will not be susceptible to
the dry periods."
Turning his attention to the much -talk-
ed- about desalination plant the CEO said
it is to be sited at the Cove Eco-Industrial
and Business Park and WASA has invited
expressions of interest. "We are hoping to
go beyond that now to have a bidder," he
He added that given the significant role
tourism plays in Tobago it is important that
the coastal waters remain of the highest
quality so that it will not have a negative
impact on tourism.
On the issue of sewerage treatment the
Ag. CEO said the authority will be inte-
grating the Coral Gardens and Milford Court
plant with waste water systems at Samaan
He said the rehabilitation of the Scarbor-
ough Waste Water Treatment Plant is on-go-
Tobagonians given Free Medical Alert Devices
Sixteen elderly and differently -abled
persons are the latest recipients of the Toba-
go Information Technology Limited- Toba-
go House of Assembly (THA) emergency
medical alert devices.
These medical alert devices allow holders
to remotely access emergency medical care
from almost anywhere in Tobago at the press
of a bottom. The devices were distributed
at the Victor E Bruce Financial Complex, in
Scarborough, last week.
One previous recipient, Ms Heather George,
who was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthri-
tis, received her device in 2014.
Speaking about the experience ,she noted
that it improved the quality of her life and
is advising the elderly and incapacitated to
"This medical pin is a God -sent because
if anything happens my daughter and son
are at work, my eldest son is in Trinidad,
so if anything happens I can call for help."
Secretary in the Division of Finance and
the Economy, Joel Jack, said in spite of the
challenging economic times his Division
ensures the most vulnerable continue to live
"I am pleased with the strides we have
made with respect to the emergency med-
ical alert response program. It has enhanced
the mechanism for prompt medical response
services to many of our senior citizens and
our at-risk persons in the population, they
could have some measure of security through
the use of this program."
Jack said the Tobago House of Assembly
is seeking to be the most advanced infor-
mation technology country in the region.
"The need to diversify the economy is
important that is why the work of the TITL
is also important and that at Cove as well
that is why we are making and investment
in a three -tiered data centre at Cove and
this is going to commence early next year."
He said the data centre will " tap into the
US 115 billion dollar business processing
He said TITL is expected to complete their
innovation centre in September and that will
result in the acceleration of ICT training
for Tobagonians desirous of getting into that
Speaking on the state of Tobago's econo-
my he said he is not daunted by the eco-
"In 2008/2009 we weathered the world
economic challenges and we surmounted
those challenges and as we craft the budget
remember it would be business as unusual
and the Tobago House of Assembly has made
the necessary adjustments to reduce expen-
diture to cut back in certain areas as we
manage going forward."
He said the Tobago Information Technol-
ogy Limited would meet with leading glob-
al information and communications tech-
nology solutions company, Huawei, to look
at other ITC initiatives with Tobago.
Acting CEO of WASA Allan Poon King
Emergency Medical Alert Device recipients.
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