Friday 21 February, 2020

Updated: Repairs on blown air valve completed

Update: Residents in North Trinidad should begin seeing a return in their regular pipeborne water supply as repairs have been completed. 

In an update earlier today, the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) advised that delayed emergency works along the 48 inch diameter Caroni North Transmission Main, Piarco were expected to be completed by midday. 

In a subsequent update WASA indicated that repairs, which began on Wednesday night, were finally completed around 9.30 am.

The transmission system is being recommissioned to provide pipe borne water supply to affected areas, but it may take between 24 to 48 hours for the service to normalise to some areas, in accordance with established water supply schedules.

Customers may experience some discolouration in their water supply as the service is restored.

WASA assured that it will be engaging in system flushing exercises, in an effort to minimise such occurrences, however customers experiencing such a supply should allow their water to run until it clears.

Original article:

Residents across North Trinidad will have to rely on their stored supply of water a little longer as repairs to a blown air valve continue today. 

Repairs were expected to be completed last night, however, there was a further delay in the completion of these emergency works.

A blown air valve along the 48-inch diameter Caroni North Transmission Main, Piarco since Wednesday has left residents in several parts of North Trinidad served by the Caroni Water Treatment Plant with dry taps. 

Affected areas include: 

*Piarco Airport                     *Port of Spain                       *St. James

*Cocorite                              *Santa Cruz                          *Barataria 

*Morvant                              *Laventille                            *Beetham Gardens 

*Gonzales                             *Belmont                              *Cascade

*St. Augustine                      *Curepe                                 *Champ Fleurs

*Mt Dor                                 *Petit Bourg                         *Valsayn South

*Bamboo                              *Mt. Hope Hospital              *Aranguez 

*El Socorro                           *San Juan

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) in an update on Friday morning advised that the delay in the completion of repairs is due to "unforeseen complications at the jobsite".

Giving a new estimated time for the finalisation of the emergency work, WASA said it anticipates that it will be completed by midday today. 

But, it may take between 24 to 48 hours for the service to normalise to some areas in accordance with established water supply schedules.

WASA further advised residents to manage their stored water use efficiently over the period of this disruption.

For further information or assistance, customers can contact WASA’s Customer Call Centre toll free at 800-4420/4426.

A limited truck-borne water service will be available with priority given to health care and other special needs institutions.

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