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Bikini car wash delivery: WASA workers in hot water

Trinidad Express /  Disciplinary action may be taken against those who delivered water to a bikini car wash in Arima, as residents faced a severe water shortage.

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) noted that a preliminary investigation into the “serious matter” found that established procedures for requesting and delivery were not followed.

Arima Mayor Lisa Morris-Julian raised the matter at the Arima Borough Corporation monthly statutory meeting on Tuesday.

Morris-Julian said she intends on writing Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte on the issue.

WASA stated that the Authority was currently undertaking a formal investigation and based on the findings, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.

The Authority also apologised to its customers in Calvary and other parts of Arima, for the incident as well as for the inconsistent pipe borne water supply to the general area over the last three weeks.

“This situation developed due to turbid river conditions at the Guanapo Water Treatment Plant (WTP), associated with recent heavy rainfall.  The Authority wishes to assure customers that despite the ongoing challenges at its Guanapo WTP, every effort is being made to regularize their pipe borne water supply in the shortest possible time,” WASA stated.

Morris-Julian said she was heartened by WASA’s quick response to the issue, but noted that she was still saddened about the water conditions in Calvary Hill.

“I want to ask WASA to consider the possible solutions we put forward to improve the supply of water to Calvary and not just a bikini car wash,” she said.

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