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Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales cuts the ribbon to open the l Road yesterday. Looking on, from left, are PURE Programme Director Hayden Phillip, Works and Minister Transport Rohan Sinanan, councillor Dwauyne Mora and Desiree De Freitas-Foster with other members of the Bon Air North Village Council. r

Otto Carrington

The transformation report on the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) will be ready by the end of this week.

Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales said the report is ready and will have minor tweaks before it is handed over.

He spoke yesterday at Windy Hill, Arouca, at the opening of new access road in the community. The road has not yet been named.

He said, “We are at a very good place in the transformation process, the transformation plan, the new structure and the implementation strategy are ready and it is supposed to have its final review by the Board of Commissioners before the end of this week or perhaps on the weekend. “

The transformation report started in 2020 and there were also concerns that the Cabinet was going to dissolve WASA.

The minister added, “What the country is going to see in the laying out of that plan, it is going to focus on the transformation WASA but the transformation of the water sector in Trinidad and Tobago and I look forward to the blueprint. With the completion of the transformation strategy, what we have done in the Ministry of Public Utilities is not just to sit by and wait for a transformation plan to be developed, we understand that transformation for the ordinary citizen of Trinidad and Tobago means is having a constant water supply in their taps and that is what transformation will mean for the average citizen, transformation for the businessman who conducts business with WASA would mean making sure that they are paid on time, transformation for the EMA would simply mean that our water sector and our watercourses are not polluted.”

WASA is currently in debt and is also owed millions in arrears by customers.

“Moving forward, a coming together with a whole of Government approach that would deal with the water problems in the country and we will see a closer coming together with the minister and the Ministry of Works and Transport because one of the things we have recognised, to repair a hole in WASA, the cost to repair the hole requires the rental of backhoe because WASA does not own a backhoe, it requires the rental of dump trucks, it requires sometimes where the leak is contained require employees to work overtime”, he said,

He said in the first three months of the new financial year “we would be getting the necessary equipment, mini excavators, backhoes and dump trucks within WASA in the shortest time possible and we would be looking for the support from VMCOTT to procure this new equipment