The war of words between the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party and The Water and Sewage Company [WASCO] was amplified, during a February 6th press conference, when Castries South MP Dr. Ernest Hilaire, appealed for an independent probe into the WASCO’S recent business dealings. Dr. Hilaire accused WASCO of undertaking what he described, were irregular practices relating to the first phase of the tendering process open to local construction firms for site preparation work at the John Compton dam.