WASA takes precautionary measures following Tobago security officer’s death

The Water and Sewerage Authority has issued a statement concerning the recent death of a security officer in Tobago, and the fact that appropriate health and safety measures have been undertaken.

Following is the full text of the WASA statement on the matter…


The Water and Sewerage Authority (the Authority) wishes to underscore that it continues to follow all protocols under its Business Continuity Plan and Ministry of Health guidelines, regarding the response to possible Covid-19 cases within the Authority.

This is in reference to various messages circulating on social media, with respect to a Security Officer from a contracted security services provider, attached to one of the Authority’s facilities in Tobago, who passed away on the morning of Saturday 18th April, 2020.

It should be noted that the Authority had no prior report of the security officer displaying flu-like symptoms, whilst on duty at the facility.

Firstly, our condolences go out to the family of the security officer, who passed away.

Secondly, while an autopsy to determine the cause of death is still pending at this time, the Authority took immediate steps to sanitize the facility in question.

Aside from this, even though we are not jumping to conclusions, with all the speculation surrounding the untimely passing of the security officer, contact was made with the County Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Tobago, Dr. Tiffany Hoyte, on the matter, following the death of the officer; while contact tracing measures have also been implemented and staff who may have been in contact with the late security officer, have been advised to self-quarantine, pending the results of the autopsy.

The Authority assures customers and members of the public that it is taking every step to ensure the health and safety of its employees, as well as the continued operations of its treatment facilities, in order to maintain our core water and wastewater services to customers during the current Covid-19 pandemic.