WASA advises of emergency shutdown at Point Lisas Desalination Plant
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers in parts of Central and South West Trinidad, who are experiencing a disruption in their pipe borne water supply that this is due to mechanical and electrical problems at the Point Lisas Desalination Plant resulting in the facility being out of operation.
The Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (DESALCOTT)-owned and operated plant, normally supplies WASA with 40 million gallons of water per day, which is used to supply the Point Lisas Industrial Estate, as well as augment the supply to areas in Central and South West Trinidad.
WASA says this disruption will therefore significantly impact the Authority’s water distribution capacity to customers.
It said DESALCOTT is currently assessing the extent of the problem and will be working to complete repair works in the shortest time possible.
Areas affected include: Caroni, Charlieville, Cunupia, Claxton Bay, Gasparillo, Gulf View, La Romaine, Phillipine, Woodland, San Francique, St. Helena, Chaguanas, Carapichaima, Marabella, Vistabella, Union Hall, Palmiste, Rambert Village, Fyzabad and Cocoyea.
In order to mitigate the effects of this supply shortfall on operations, the Authority said it will be implementing re-distribute supply from its Caroni and Navet Water Treatment Plants, as well as the implementation of temporary supply schedules.
Customers are asked to manage their water use efficiently, as it may take 24 to 36 hours for the supply to normalize to some affected areas, after the Plant returns to full operation.
For further information or assistance, customers are encouraged to contact WASA’s Customer Call Centre toll free at 800-4420/26.
A limited truck-borne water service will be available with priority given to special homes, health care and government institutions.
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