Port-of-Spain South MP Keith Scotland, right, speaks with Water and Sewage Authority employees as they were upgrading the water pumps at Upper Bournes Road, St James, yesterday. Residents have complained that they have not received a pipe-bourne supply for weeks.

Residents of Upper Bournes Road in St James, who have been without a pipe-borne water supply for almost three weeks, were expected to begin to experience some relief yesterday afternoon.

On Saturday, residents contacted Guardian Media after they claimed that their repeated attempts to get the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) to rectify the matter were unsuccessful.

In a brief telephone interview, elderly resident Gloria Francis, of Providence Estate, said some of the community’s younger residents were forced to find creative means to source water during the lengthy period.

“Imagine in this pandemic, children had to find a clean part of the river to fill water from and then tote it back to their homes,” she said.

Francis said that after making numerous calls to WASA, she received some relief through a truck-borne supply.

However, she noted that other residents were not as lucky, as narrow roads and inconsiderate parking often prevents trucks from delivering water to some homes located in the hillside community.

When a news team from Guardian Media was visiting the community yesterday afternoon, a team from WASA was seen performing work at a pumping station.

While GML was on the scene, Port-of-Spain South MP Keith Scotland was seen driving through the area and talking to some of the residents.

Scotland said he had raised the issue with Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales and it was being urgently addressed.

“The new pump has been installed. Hopefully, by this afternoon, the residents will have water,” Scotland said.

When contacted yesterday and asked the reason for the apparent delay in repairs, WASA Corporate Communications Manager Daniel Plenty said he was not aware of the situation and would have to look into it.