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Caymanas Track Limited sees improved water bills after tackling theft

Published:Monday | March 16, 2015 | 3:00 AM

CAYMANAS Track Limited (CTL) has reported success in its drive to curtail its ballooning utility bills, including water costs at Caymanas Park, which have dropped from $120,000 to a recent estimated bill of $20,000, Chief Executive Officer Cedric Stewart told The Gleaner.

CTL, operator of Caymanas Park, the island's lone horseracing track, last December moved against informal communities whose residents had been stealing water from its plant.

Working in tandem with the racetrack's security detail, McKay Security, and the St Catherine South police, CTL unearthed an elaborate pipeline leading from its equine pool.

Stewart said he had to see the pipeline himself when told of its discovery.

"When I heard about it, I told them to wait until I got there before digging it up. I cannot speak to how long the connection was there, but it was buried and overgrown by shrubs, which would indicate it would have been there for some time," he stated.

Last month, CTL, McKay Security and Member of Parliament Arnaldo Brown presented a 1,000-gallon water tank to one of the communities it had disconnected from its plant. This was done to alleviate hardships that had followed the disconnection exercise.

Brown told the residents the tank was being initially filled by CTL, after which they would have to privately organise legitimate refilling.

Stewart last Thursday confirmed that CTL would be in dialogue with Brown to further assist the residents.

"In addition to what was done recently, we are trying to get the relevant minister and MP to work with Caymanas Park to formalise water supply to them," he said.