Friday 15 November, 2019

Central, South West face water shortage due to unplanned shutdown

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers in parts of Central and South-West Trinidad, served by the Point Lisas Desalination Plant, of an unplanned shutdown this Friday.

WASA said this is due to a leak that has developed on the fibreglass Clearwell system at the Plant that will require emergency repairs.

The Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (DESALCOTT) which owns and operates the plant, is in the process of assessing the full extent of the damage, after-which an estimated timeframe will be given for the completion of necessary repair works.

Desalcott supplies 40 million gallons of water daily to the authority which is used to supply the Point Lisas Industrial Estate as well as augment the supply to areas in Central and South Trinidad.

This shutdown will directly impact the pipe-borne water supply to communities. However, in order to mitigate the effects, WASA said it will implement the following measures for the duration of the shutdown:

- Increased production and re-distribution of supply from the Caroni and Navet Water Treatment Plants;

- Implementation of adjusted supply schedules;

- Increased water trucking capacity;

- Special emphasis and arrangements to supply schools, health institutions, homes for aged and other special needs organisations.

Areas to be affected  include:

Caroni;

St Helena;

Charlieville;

Chaguanas;

Cunupia;

Carapichaima;

Couva;

Claxton Bay;

Marabella;

Gasparillo;

San Fernando;

Cocoyea;

Union Hall;

La Romaine;

Woodland;

Palmiste;

Phillipine;

Rambert Village;

South Oropouche;

Fyzabad;

Avocat;

Siparia;

Penal;

San Francique;

Rousillac;

Aripero;

La Brea

Customers are advised to closely monitor and manage their stored water during the period of the shutdown and to also manage their water use by reducing consumption. This can be done by eliminating wasteful practices, as well as repairing leaks at home and in business places.

For further information or assistance, customers are encouraged to contact WASA’s Customer Call Centre toll-free at 800-4420/26. A limited truck-borne water service will be available with priority given to special homes, health care and educational institutions.

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