|No water on Mother’s Day |
Friday, May 19 2017
THE EDITOR: Open letter to the Minister of Public Utilities, Fitzgerald Hinds.
Last Sunday, Mother’s Day, mothers in some areas in the borough of Arima got a surprise they did not welcome. Taps were dry from very early in the morning. It was extremely difficult to do the normal chores and to take baths etc. It was also very trying to prepare a decent meal for the family as some may not have chosen to dine out. Water woes continue to plague residents of this area and others, as you are aware.
Successive administrations have come and gone and none has seriously addressed the plight that we suffer. During the tenure of the PP government, there was some respite but the situation has reverted to the former state.
For over 30 years this problem has been existing and the following scenario is as vivid as it exists.
Do you know householders keep containers filled with water in their bathrooms for bathing just in case taps are dry and the tanks are empty? Yes, that is the reality, as if you are not aware. It has been routine for some residents to get up at wee hours to “catch” water that trickles in the tap but may be gone by morning.
To avoid heavy fines, some of us tote water in buckets for our plants as we are debarred of using hoses and sprinklers. Ironically, on one occasion our payment was late and a crew came to disconnect our supply — a supply which we were not getting. The average householder now has to invest in tanks and pumps, the use of which increases the electricity cost.
The aforementioned practices have since become commonplace in our country, an island — a piece of land completely surrounded by water. Some countries in the Caribbean, with fewer resources, have been able to ensure a regular water supply as some can attest.
Mr Minister, please use your good office to assist our residents by alleviating the problems we face daily. Taxes are paid regularly and on time yet we are marginalised and taken for granted.
ELMA RAMSUMAIR via email