WASA issues statement following Beetham Protest


    WASA says ongoing work to replace a collapsed segment of a 47 inch concrete sewer pipeline along Main Street in Beetham Gardens will be completed by January 31st.

    This, it adds, is in keeping with previous projections provided.

    WASA says it began work on October 15th 2021 and has already completed the installation of approximately 626 feet of 44 inch Ductile Iron pipeline, at depths ranging from 19 feet to 26 feet.

    It also claimed that there was a pause in works as they waited for the delivery of specially made concrete cylinders for use in the installation of three manholes.

    These cylinders have been received, with transportation to the job site due to take place today.

    The Authority says this will allow for commencement of the final phases of the works later this week, which involves installation of the manholes, interconnection of the new pipeline to the existing, road restoration and remedial works, and decommissioning of the existing concrete sewer pipeline.

    WASA also claims that there was community outreach, with two visits to the community with the Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales and Laventille West MP and National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds

    It says the contingent viewed the progress and spoke to the affected residents about the ongoing work.

    WASA says it also installed various pumps within the area to minimize sewage spills, and is committed to completing the project in the stipulated time.

    Its statement comes after this morning’s protest in which residents blocked the Beetham Highway and Priority Bus Route with burning debris to protest an overflow of sewerage in Beetham Gardens.