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Timothy Narine, of Saudia Ave, St Croix Extension, Barrackpore, turns on his pipe to show that there is no water

Sascha Wilson

After enduring weeks and months without water in their pipes, residents of Saudia Ave, St Croix Road Extension, Barrackpore, are now publicly appealing to the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) to restore a regular supply to their community.

For the last year and a half they have been experiencing water woes, but residents said the situation worsened at the end of last year. Despite their numerous calls and reports to WASA, the residents said nothing has changed.

Resident Timothy Narine said WASA officials told them that problem has to do with low pressure.

“They have been unable to get water to us on a consistent basis for the entire year, so at one period of time we did not receive pipe-borne water for three months,” he said

He said WASA would supply 1,000 gallons of water per household once a week or once every two weeks.

Narine said, “You have to request it and then somebody has to be home to collect the truck borne water. In my case both myself and my wife are working, so for example right now we have not received water for the last month and a half going to two months.”

Lamenting that residents try to use water sparingly, he said, “We try to rally. Currently I go by my mom to wash clothes and things like that. That require a lot of water and I have a one-year-old baby and some of neighbours also have young children. One of my neighbour have three children.”

Also expressing his frustration, resident Feraz Mohammed said, “It is affecting us very, very bad because we have to go out and wash and thing by relatives. You cannot do anything home like washing clothes and washing yard, cleaning.” Pleading with WASA to supply them with a regular supply, he said, “Sometimes we get water and sometimes they lock it off and not to from us the residents there get water.”

He said another issue is that he claimed WASA trucks are causing damage to the road.

Guardian Media reached out to WASA since Monday for a comment but up to yesterday afternoon nothing was forthcoming.