UPDATED: water returns to Maloney and Eastern communities
Water has returned to Maloney and communities in the East and is expected to be flowing freely in all pipes as the water pressure increases.
Robert Le Hunte, Minister of Public Utilities, told Loop that the leak that developed along the 42” diameter transmission main from the North Oropouche Water Treatment Plant has been corrected.
"The latest information is that a slow but constant supply of water has reached Maloney and will pick up over the next few hours as the water pressure builds up," he said.
He said in the interim, five to six water trucks have been sent to the area to service the residents.
Earlier today, Maloney residents burned debris on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway to protest the lack of water.
Traffic heading to the East was said to be backed up.
On Wednesday, WASA advised customers in parts of North-East Trinidad served by the North Oropouche Water Treatment Plant, that another leak developed along the 42” diameter transmission main from the Plant that disrupted the water supply.
This was the third leak to develop in past week in the same general area, off Daniel Trace, Valencia. The first leak, which occurred on December 5, was caused by earth movement that dislodged the main following heavy rainfall while the second leak on December 9, was associated with deterioration of the main at another point.
Asked if there is a chance of another leakage occurring, Le Hunte said the problem in that area is land slippage and not just a matter of the pipes.
He said a structural engineer and civil engineer were present at the site on Friday night giving advice.
"We are looking at moving the water through an alternative route, looking to do a bypass line that will also allow for a temporary situation. Right now they have fixed the lines and the necessary things are in place," he said.
Speaking on i96.5, Camille Robinson-Regis, Member of Parliament for the area, expressed disappointment with the protest action since the residents have been informed of a water disruption that affected about 17 areas in the East.