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'Train line' residents get water tank to avert health crisis

Published:Monday | March 2, 2015 | 3:00 AM
Jason McKay (left), chief executive officer, McKay Security, along with (from second left) Member of Parliament Arnaldo Brown, residents Michael Anderson, Lenford Pinnock, Delroy Stephens and Dave Gabbidon, all racehorse grooms employed at Caymanas Park, during the handover of a 1,000-gallon water tank in the ‘Waterford Train Line’ informal community bordering Caymanas Park.

Residents of the 'Waterford Train Line' informal community, left without water after illegal connections to the Caymanas Park racetrack supply were disconnected, were last Friday presented with a 1,000-gallon water tank to help alleviate hardships which have befallen them since.

Member of parliament for the area, Arnaldo Brown, along with Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) and the racetrack's security contractor, McKay Security, decided to put the residents on a path to legal self-sufficiency.

Mounted on a concrete base, the tank is to be refilled at the expense of residents, who were told by Brown that the first filling would be free.

"It's an important social intervention and will limit any inclination to access other supplies in any inappropriate manner," Brown said.

Jason McKay, CEO of McKay Security, said though it was his company that had moved against the illegal connections, he decided to assist after it was brought to his attention that a health crisis had surfaced.

"This community is no stranger to tragedy. After we found the illegal connections and cut the water, a follow-up visit revealed a lot of misery, so we contacted CTL and the MP to work out a solution which would encourage the residents not to revert to the Caymanas Park supply.

"It is a very poor community, significantly informal. We cannot live in a vacuum and be oblivious to human suffering," he added.

The residents, represented by the quartet of Michael Anderson, Lenford Pinnock, Delroy Stephens and Dave Gabbidon, all racehorse grooms employed at Caymanas Park, were thankful and promised to organise refilling of the tank.

"Wi give thanks still," said Stephens, popularly known as Lucky. "Afta Mr Jason pass through an' si wah a gwaan, wid di likkle pickney dem an' baby, him decide fi work pan a ting fi wi. Wi a guh fence it roun' because wi nuh waa nobody destroy it," he added.