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The Water and Sewerage Authority
(WASA) says the oil spill which has con-
taminated the southwestern peninsula has
not affected water quality at the desali-
nation plant in Point Fortin or water sup-
Ellen Lewis, head of corporate commu-
nications at WASA, told the T&T Guardian
last Thursday that the oil spill has had no
effect on the quality of water supplies.
"Seven Seas Water (SSW), which owns
and operates the desalination plant at Point
Fortin, has advised us that the oil spill at
La Brea has not impacted on its operations,"
The oil spill, which enters its 21st day
today, has affected fishing communities
along the Gulf of Paria.
Currently, mopping-up operations are
continuing along the coastline as Petrotrin
tries to contain the spill.
Lewis said since the December 17 spill,
WASA has been talking with SSW about
the oil spill.
"We have been assured of increased mon-
itoring at Seven Seas open sea pipeline intake
to ensure the quality of the raw water is
within acceptable standards for treatment."
She explained that since the authority
has primary responsibility for the supply
of pipeborne water to its customers, it also
does its own quality control tests and fre-
quent monitoring of supplies.
"This regime of quality control and mon-
itoring will continue in accordance with
World Health Organisation guidelines for
potable water quality."
sad, 57, and his wife
Sumintra, 61, are
spending the golden
years of their lives in
The couple live in
a small wooden
house surrounded by
bush at Tableland,
south Trinidad, that
is practically falling
Sumintra s foot
was amputated 15
years ago and she is
unable to walk
because she does not
have a walker. She
therefore has to be
lifted by neighbours to be taken to use both a
bathroom and a pit latrine outside their house.
They also depend on neighbours for some help
when their finances run low.
Rampersad told the T&T Guardian that he and
his wife collect a $1,500 disability grant monthly,
which they are grateful for.
But, he said, after buying food, paying bills
and buying medication there is nothing left to
do any repairs to their home.
The house has a creaky board floor, their appli-
ances are old and only one burner on their stove
Rampersad said he is too old and feeble to do
any running around the house and appealed to
the relevant authorities to provide some assistance
before the conditions worsen.
Contacted on the matter, chairman of the
National Commission for Self Help Surujdeo
Mangaroo said according to his records, Ram-
persad got a house repair grant in 2007 and cur-
rent NCSH records showed Rampersad had no
recent applications on file.
He suggested that Rampersad should reapply
for consideration for assistance.
A 20-year-old man, who found his father and
mother dead in a murder-suicide six years ago,
was himself found hanging at his Princes Town
home in an apparent suicide on Saturday after-
Dead is Dillon Nangoo.
According to police reports, Nangoo hung himself
in the same home that his father, Amar Nangoo, killed
his mother, Pearl Samdaye Ramnarine, then committed
suicide by hanging.
Nangoo s father, Amar, 42, a former Caroni worker,
hung himself in his La Paille Village, Jordan Hill, Princes
Town home, after he had strangled Ramnarine, his 51-
year-old common-law wife, to death on December
14, 2007. Nangoo, who was 14 at the time, found the
bodies of his parents in their bedroom. Police said
Nangoo killed himself one month after the anniversary
of his parents deaths. Police reports state that Nangoo,
of Jordhan Hill Village, who lived alone, was last seen
alive by his cousin David Deonarine.
Around 12.45 pm, Deonarine went to check on Nan-
goo and found him hanging.
Deonarine contacted the Barrackpore police and the
District Medical Officer visited the scene and ordered
the removal of Nangoo s body.
WPC Cholai of Barrackpore Police Station is con-
Pt Fortin water safe
WASA on Petrotrin oil spill:
Man kills self
of parents' deaths
seeks State help
to repair house
Niven Beepath was last week ordered to pay
a $350 fine for slapping his common-law wife
and bursting her lip.
Beepath had claimed his wife, Kim Smith, hit
him first and he retaliated.
He appeared last Friday before San Fernando
Fourth Court Magistrate Margaret Alert charged
with assault occasioning a wound.
He pleaded guilty.
The court heard that the incident took place
around 8 pm on January 2. Beepath had just come
from work when he and Smith began arguing at
their home at Hilltop Drive, St Margaret s Village.
During the argument, Beepath slapped Smith
and hit her about her body.
Smith made a report and Beepath was arrested
and charged by PC Samm. Beepath told the mag-
istrate his wife was always accusing him of being
Beepath had no previous convictions or pending
matters, prosecutor Sgt Hijarie told the magistrate.
The magistrate ordered Beepath to pay a $350
fine or serve 28 days in prison.
Husband fined $350
for slapping wife
Mootilal Rampersad and his wife Sumintra at their Tableland home last week.
PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
A speculative Mootilal
Rampersad looks out into
the yard from his
dilapidated wooden home
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