Over the past 50 days, the Penal Debe Regional Corporation (PDRC) has delivered some 1,800 truckloads of water to residents in the region who are not serviced by the Water and Sewerage Authority, WASA.
In an official statement issued by the Corporation, its Chairman—Dr Allen Sammy—reports that since February 26th, over 2.1 million gallons have been delivered to 600 families. He says today marks a particular milestone, with the delivery of its 1,800th load of water.
Dr Sammy explains that the deliveries were done on a rotational basis by 12 trucks working full time. Each truck has a capacity of 1,200 gallons. Three trips were made daily by each of the 12 trucks—a total of 36 trips daily.
“This dry season has been particularly severe,” he says, “but Dr Nyoka Arjoonsingh and Checker, Mr Lalchan Bajnath, of the Penal Debe Regional Corporation’s Health Department, have responded magnificently to the water delivery challenge.”
The PDRC Chairman notes that to date, the 1,800 trips have been made at a cost of $550,000 to these non-WASA serviced households.
The Corporation’s water-trucking programme is scheduled to end on May 22nd, 2020.