Saturday 4 July, 2020

Parts of North-East Trinidad without water due to vandalism, says WASA

Residents in parts of North-East Trinidad are without water due to acts of vandalism at the Aripo Water Treatment plant, said the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA).

The company said in a statement issued Tuesday that on Monday it was discovered that someone or more than one person has broken into the Raw Water Station and damaged and/or removed a 'significant portion' of the electrical panels, cables and wiring. 

The company said the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) also suffered loss of equipment on their poles in the immediate area. 

WASA said it is currently working with T&TEC to have the issues corrected and the facility returned to service by 6:00 am on Thursday February 13, 2020.

As a result, people in parts of North-East Trinidad who are served by the Aripo Water Treatment Plant might experience a disruption in their normal pipe-borne water supply. 

The affected areas include:

- Santa Rosa Heights

- Train Line Road off Pinto Road

- Tumpuna Road between Henrise & Malabar Road Extension

- Malabar Road Extension between Pro Queen Street and Ackbarali Trace

In order to mitigate the impact of this disruption, WASA said it will be redirecting water supplies from other sources in North East Trinidad to provide a limited pipe borne water service to affected areas.

A limited truck-borne water service will also be available with priority given to special homes, health care institutions and schools.

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

The Authority apologised for the inconvenience and thanked customers for their patience and understanding. 

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