Mere days before Christmas, a Point Fortin mother’s Christmas wish came through after a busted water line in front of her home was repaired and her water supply restored.
Almost a month ago Janelle Joefield made a public appeal to the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) and the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) to fix the line so she could have water in her taps for Christmas.
In an interview with Guardian Media, an elated and relieved Joefield said, “I am very thankful and happy at least I have water to use in the pipes and I don’t have to tote buckets and I don’t have to use my neighbour hose again.”
She said a crew from WASA repaired the leak in front of her home at Lake View Housing Development yesterday morning. Joefield had been without a water supply for almost nine months after an underground line burst. Despite numerous complaints to HDC and WASA, she said nothing was done and she and her family were significantly inconvenienced.
Joefield who lives with her five children, ages 26, 17, 12, 10 and eight as well as her eleven-month-old grandchild, explained that she did not have a water tank and had to depend on her neighbour for water.
She said she used her neighbour’s hose to fill up a barrel and her buckets. Joefield also complained that the water was undermining her house as the tiles in the kitchen were coming loose. She also complained that her children could not play in the yard because it was always muddy.
When contacted by Guardian Media on November 24, WASA indicated that the leak was located on the customer’s property and would require extensive excavation works to complete repairs. WASA stated that while this was the responsibility of HDC, the Authority was liaising with HDC to determine how best it could assist with resolving the matter. In an email response to Guardian Media, the HDC said the necessary remedial works were completed and the matter has been resolved.