Fiery protest in Claxton Bay over water woes

Frustration with a non-existent water supply for over a month has impelled residents of Sum Sum Hill, Claxton Bay to stage a fiery protest to highlight their frustration with the situation.

 

The residents claim they have been without water since the nearby Pt Lisas Desalination Plant was closed for a 10-day period in January.

 

Residents burned tires and broke bottles on the road, and blocked the streets with scrap iron on Thursday night and Friday morning.

 

Police and fire officials were on the scene on Friday morning to clear the Sum Sum Hill roadway.

 

One resident told Talk City 91.1FM the villagers want is a resumption of their water supply as the lack of water has severely disrupted their lives.

 

They are hoping that the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) will introduce a truck-borne water supply in their area.

 

Their water woes began in January 15th when the desalination plant was closed for a 10-day period.

 

The desalination plant supplies 30 million gallons of desalinated water to WASA.

 

The water is used to supply the Pt Lisas Industrial Estate and to augment areas in Central and South Trinidad.

 

The plant was closed down on February 15th and again two days ago to allow for further maintenance work.

 

This has resulted in a lowering of the water supply in areas of Central and South Trinidad, including Sum Sum Hill, the focus of Friday’s protests.

 

On Monday WASA stated that the plant was producing 24 million gallons a day.

 

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