Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 11th 2018 Contents WASA will implement the following on
the shutdown dates:
• re-distribution of supply from the Caroni
and Navet Water Treatment Plants;
• implementation of temporary supply schedules;
• ensure capacity storage at critical service reservoirs;
• increase water trucking capacity;
• special emphasis and arrangements to supply
schools, health institutions, homes for aged and
other special needs organisations;
• accelerate response to leak repair.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Oil leak smears
RADHICA DE SILVA
The presence of thick crude oil flowing
in the heart of the city of San Fernando is
causing distress to pedestrians and motor-
The substance has caked the main drain
which runs along San Fernando Street,
bringing with it blackened plastic bottles
and other debris.
When the T&T Guardian team visited the
area yesterday, the pavement and road near
Visioneer Construction General Contracting
Services were covered with oil.
The street was sticky and a hole in the pave-
ment showed a pileup of the crude.
Managing director of Visioneer Construc-
tion Arden O`Garrow said the oily substance
has been distressing people for years. Saying
it was coming from two private properties,
O`Garrow called on State-owned energy com-
pany Petrotrin to investigate.
“Apparently there is an oil well here that has
not been capped. They said the oil well is no
longer productive but judging by the frequent
flow, it appears that this is not the case,” O`Gar-
He said students from a nearby preschool
were also affected by the flow.
“Whenever rain falls this place is in a mess.
When I was a child, we used to hear the clean-
ers coming up the road sweeping and cleaning
the road but now we don’t have that happening.
Anyone who passes here gets the oil sticking up in
their shoes and it also gets onto people’s vehicles,”
He said officials from Petrotrin visited the area
on several occasions in the past but did nothing to
stop the problem. Another resident said the prob-
lem was well known to the city officials.
“They came and investigated it several times but
nothing was ever done,” the resident said.
Contacted yesterday, Rural Development and
Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein said dur-
ing his tenure as mayor of San Fernando he visited
the area and contacted the then Petrotrin president
Khalid Hassanali to rectify the problem.
“Petrotrin officials investigated and they found
an abandoned oil well in a private area and another
on the compound of the Oilfields Workers’ Trade
Union. Petrotrin promised to alleviate the prob-
lem,” Hosein said.
Meanwhile, San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello
said he was unaware of the problem. He said he
will send the city engineers to investigate the mat-
ter and give some feedback later today.
Calls to Petrotrin’s communications officer
George Commissiong went unanswered.
Stock up on
water as Desal
Plant shuts down
There will be a planned shutdown of De-
salination Plant at Point Lisas to facilitate
maintenance works from January 15 to
20 and the Desalination Company of T&T
(Desalcott) will be implementing measures
to mitigate a shortfall on the water supply.
Desalcott said the shutdown will af-
fect the Water and Sewerage Authority’s
(WASA) overall supply position in Trinidad.
Its desalination plant provides 40 million
gallons daily to WASA which is used to sup-
ply the Point Lisas Industrial Estate, as well
as augment the supply to areas in central
and south Trinidad.
WASA is advising customers to maintain/
establish a system of storage over the period
of the shutdown and manage water use effi-
ciently by reducing consumption.
This can be done by eliminating wasteful
practices as well as repairing leaks and over-
flowing water tanks at home and in business
The temporary supply schedules will be
published in the press, as well as on WASA’s
website: www.wasa.gov.tt; Facebook page:
WASA Trinidad & Tobago; and Twitter: @wa-
For further information, assistance or to
request a truck-borne delivery, customers
can contact WASA’s Customer Call Centre
toll-free at 800-4420/26.
in child’s death
A soldier charged with the
murder of his almost two-
year-old daughter did not
appear in court yesterday as
expected as no magistrate
reported for duty.
Lance Corporal Keros
Martin, of Jacelon Trace,
Vega de Oropouche, was
expected to be taken be-
fore a Sangre Grande Magistrate on a charge of
murdering Soriah Martin.
The soldier will be taken to court today, police
Martin was charged by Insp Ken Lutchman of
Sangre Grande CID after the officer consulted
the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
Justice of the Peace Junior Hills and Ann-Ma-
rie John adjourned all the cases in the absence
of the magistrates.
The 29-year-old soldier with 12 years service
was last attached to the Special Forces at Tet-
eron Barracks, Chaguaramas.
On December 12, last year Marting went to
visit his daughter in Sangre Grande and the
child was shot dead during an altercation.
The child’s uncle, Gregory Harracksingh,
63, was shot and injured in that incident.
Martin was arrested and charged with
wounding with intent to do grievously bod-
ily harm to Harracksingh.
He had been granted $70,000 bail on
Police are investigating the assault of two men
outside a casino in San Fernando.
A video of the incident circulating on social
media yesterday, showed the victims lying
motionless on the ground as they were being
A woman intervened and several other men
cautioned the assailants who were later seen
walking off. The identities of the victims were
not disclosed by the police as no one had
lodged a report.
Anyone with information on the beating
can contact CrimeStoppers at 800-TIPS.
Meanwhile, residents of Penal and envi-
rons were warned to be on the lookout for
four men of Platanite Trace, Barrackpore
who have been reportedly committing
robberies in the Debe, Barrackpore and
The faces of the four men were circu-
lated on social media. Police have asked
members of the public to be on the look-
out for the men.
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