Thursday 22 August, 2019

Pressure for water in Mayaro

Communities in Mayaro and Guayaguayare will continue to experience challenges with their pipe-borne water supply as production at the Navet Water Treatment Plant remains below normal. 

While the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) has repaired all major leaks along the distribution system in the area and increased its truck-borne service, there are still some pipelines in need of urgent replacement. 

Speaking in the Senate on Wednesday, Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte gave an update on measures being taken to bring relief to residents and businesses in the area.  

The Mayaro/Guayaguayare pipe-borne water is supplied from a number of indigenous sources located in Guayaguayare, with Stone Bright, South Maloney, and Cedar Grove being supplemented by the Navet Water Treatment Plant. 

Le Hunte noted that under normal conditions, the area receives a pipe-borne water supply schedule on an average of every two to three days.

However, the regulat water supply to the area was adversely affected by a 38-hour emergency shutdown of the Navet Water Treatment Plant in February and a number of leaks along the six-inch pipeline which provides water to the Newlands community and on the Guayaguayare Road. 

The schedules were normalised by February 20, as a result of several initiatives including the repair of 28 leaks on the distribution pipelines in the area between the Stone Bright Water Treatment Plant and the Double Bright Booster Station between December 2018 and February 2019; the re-establishment  of a full pumping capacity at the Double Bright Booster Station which serves the communities of Newlands, La Seiva and Guayaguayare Road; and the re-establishment of full pumping capacity at the San Pedro Booster Station which transmits water from the Navet Water Treatment to the area serves the community and surrounding areas.

During the period of disruption in water supply, the affected residents were provided with a truck-borne supply of water. 

All leaks adversely affecting the area have since been repaired but Le Hunte identified the ageing pipeline infrastructure along the road network as a major challenge, as the pipelines are in dire need of changing in some instances.

The Minister acknowledged that the process of upgrading the pipeline infrastructure would take time and during that process there may be a recurrence of leaks.

Further, he noted that production was down at the Navet Water Treatment Plant by 25 percent. 

Production has since been ramped up to 16 million gallons of water per day, representing a five percent increase in production at the Navet Plant. 

"It is still below the capacity or long-term average, but that particular dam has been the worse affected dam whereby it is now 30 percent below the long-term average."

Le Hunte said he is in constant contact with the MP for the area to, as much as possible, alleviate the hardships on the residents.

Around 3500 km of pipelines are up to 50 years old, with at least 245 km in urgent need of repairs.

Mayaro is one of those areas engaging rhe Ministry's attention.

"We are fixing all of the pipes as financing allows us to do," Le Hunte said.

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