Time, water run out in Lilliput
THE National Water Commission has implemented its get-tough policy in the community of Lilliput, St James, where several illegal users have been disconnected from the company’s water supply system.
Community relations office, Jennifer Barrett, could not provide an estimate of the number of persons affected but stressed that several attempts had been made to have the system regularised.
“Most of the persons there had illegal connections and the commission went out there (and) we have had meetings with them, encouraging them to come in and regularise their water supply and there has been a refusal,” Barrett said.
The disconnections, which were carried out on February 1, came after what the NWC said was a year-long programme to regularise water connection in the community.
Barrett said while sections of the distribution network were still to be completed, much work had been done in the community on the distribution system.
The Lilliput community was built on lands captured from the government. When the land was sold to American businessman John Rollins in the early 1990s the squatting problem had still not been addressed.
The land has since been sold to the residents, and the State-run Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has been assisting with infrastructural work in the community.
The NWC said it had been working with the UDC for several years, in a bid to establish a proper distribution network in the community.