Friday 29 May, 2020

More water woes for South East: Navet reservoir at 18%

If you thought the rainy season would ease the pressure for a regular supply of pipe borne water being experienced by many across Trinidad and Tobago, you thought wrong.

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) has advised that residents in parts of South-East Trinidad supplied by the Navet Water Treatment Plant that their current water woes may persist over the coming weeks.

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This, as it said the reduced regularity of supply is due to low water levels at the Navet Reservoir which have resulted in reduced production at the facility.

WASA said this continues to negatively impact customers at high points and the extremities of the pipeline distribution system in particular.

The reservoir is at 18 percent capacity, while the long term average for this time of year is 45 percent.

This has left the Navet facility operating at 50 percent of its production capacity of 10 million gallons per day (mgd), instead of the usual 20 mgd.

WASA said as a means of mitigating the impact of the reduced water availability from this plant, supplies have been redirected from the Caroni Water Treatment Plant and the Pt. Lisas Desalination Plant.

WASA water trucking service to impacted areas has also been ramped up, with further additions to be made to the water trucking fleet over the coming weeks.   

WASA restated its commitment to working closely with local government and other representatives from impacted communities, to ensure the availability of a water supply to all citizens.

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