Caroni Central MP Arnold Ram during a recent meeting with residents about a poor water supply.

As water woes continue to plague residents of Couva and environs the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC) has started using one of its water trucks to provide a supply of water to the hardest hit areas.

Arlene Solomon-Ramesar, Councillor for Calcutta, said she has been inundated with the cries of residents who have no choice but to use rainwater to cook, clean and drink.

Ramesar said the CTTRC is using a truck and liaising with the fire services to get a supply.

Solomon-Ramesar said, “ People have been crying for water. We are getting help from the fire services at Phoenix Park. However, the authorities at the Couva Fire station have indicated that their water tender is not working. People have been calling WASA only to get promises. They (WASA) said they were planning to open the supply last night (Thursday) and in some areas the water is not even trickling.”

Daniel Plenty, Head of WASA’s Corporate Communications, said WASA has been experiencing ongoing challenges with maintaining a reliable water supply to customers served by the Freeport Water Treatment Plant (WTP).

He said this is due primarily to the reduction in production from two wells at the facility, with the most recent occurring in September 2020.

Plenty added the Authority has identified works required to improve the regularity and reliability of supply to these and other communities and will be implementing such soon.