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Saturday 17 August 2019
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Farmers charged with abstracting water

AT least three farmers will appear in court next week on charges of the alleged abstraction of water for use in their Aranguez gardens.

Three farmers received their summonses on Tuesday while at their gardens or at home.

They were served while other Aranguez farmers were holding discussions with Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat on WASA’s enforcement of licence requirements to siphon water.

They are ex­pect­ed to ap­pear be­fore the Port of Spain mag­is­trates’ court on May 22.

One of the summonses charged that Teemal Ramesh “did, without licence, abstract water from a drain to water plants.”

The others charged that the defendants “did, without licence, abstract water from a water course to water plants, contrary to section 44:5 of the Water and Sewerage Act 54:40.”

On Saturday, two farmers reportedly had a number of water pumps confiscated by estate police from WASA. They subsequently threatened WASA with a lawsuit to retrieve the items.

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