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An Act makes provision for powers of competent authorities (as designated by the Minister) in respect to irrigation works and other waterworks in water improvement areas and provides in general for the use of conservation of water and related matters. The purposes for which waterworks may be constructed and maintained include: (a) the supplying, conveying, measuring, regulating or disposal of water; (b) irrigation, drainage or reclamation; (c) the protection of lands against water; and (d) the widening, deepening, straightening, improving, diversion, stopping up or joining up of watercourses. The Ministe may declare an area of Trinidad and Tobago to be a Water Improvement Area for purposes of this Act and may impose rates on the use of water in accordance with various classes of use (including use for agriculturl purposes). The Competent Authority may acquire certian rights in land for purpose of carrying out its functions. The Act also provides rules with respect to use of "controlled channels". Compensation may be paid for such rights or the loss of or interference with riparian rights.

Implemented by: Water Improvement Area (Caroni Irrigation) Regulations (Chapter 54:41). (2011-12-31)
Implemented by: Water Improvement (El Socorro) Area Regulations (Chapter 54:41). (2011-12-31)
Implemented by: Water Improvement (El Socorro) Area Order (Chapter 54:41). (2011-12-31)

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First colonized by the Spanish, the islands came under British control in the early 19th century. The islands' sugar industry was hurt by the emancipation of the slaves in 1834. Manpower was replaced with the importation of contract laborers from India between 1845 and 1917, which boosted sugar production as well as the cocoa industry. The discovery of oil on Trinidad in 1910 added another important export. Independence was attained in 1962. The country is one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean thanks largely to petroleum and natural gas production and processing.

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