WASA owed $m by Tobagonians

By Elizabeth Williams

In Tobago approximately $16 million is being owed to the Water and Sewaage Authority (WASA) and the company wants to send a message to the public that it is serious about the collection of their outstanding monies.

As the Water and Sewage Authority embarked on its 'Name and Shame' initiative, several persons in Tobago were disconnected. Some of the areas visited by WASA officials included Shirvan Road, Mason Hall, Moriah and Crown Point.

Assistant Manager Corporate Communication Eric Powder said some of the persons disconnected included a prominent resident of Mason Hall.

"Generally people believe that WASA bills can be taken and thrown aside because WASA is not always serious, and whereas the other utility bills are being paid,"Eric Powder said.

Powder said hundreds of persons in Tobago are owing millions of dollars in arrears and enough previous warnings and letters were given. Friday was the end of the grace period, however persons can approach WASA's rate payment centre in Scarborough Tobago to make payments.

"People complain about leaks, they complain about so many things that WASA need to put in place, and we have to collect our rates in order we need our revenue to run our business," Powder said.

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