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Tuesday 11 August, 2020

WASA announces more restrictions as water levels still low

Citizens can expect further adjustments to existing water supply schedules as the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) continues to grapple with water availability due to below-average rainfall.

This, as the Authority said there has been a significant depletion of storage at the Authority’s impounding reservoirs, in particular Arena, Hollis and Navet, following extremely harsh Dry Seasons in 2019 and 2020 and a drier than normal 2019 Wet Season.

From January to May there were rainfall deficits at all major water treatment facilities as follows: at Caroni-Arena - 31.6 percent; Navet - 40.3 percent; Hollis - 40.3 percent and Hillsborough - 29.4 percent. Although rainfall for June 2020 was at near normal when compared to Long Term, this has not reversed the downward trend, WASA said.

Given the current levels, WASA said significant rainfall will be required over the coming months to recover to acceptable levels.  

As a result, water availability will remain a challenge for customers supplied by the Caroni Water Treatment Plant such as the Upper areas of Champs Fleurs, Santa Cruz, Barataria, Laventille, Belmont, Cascade and St Anns in the North; as well as Longdenville, Dow Village, Freeport, Claxton Bay, La Romaine, Cocoyea, Penal, Debe, in Central and South West; communities in South East Trinidad supplied by the Navet Water Treatment Plant including Mayaro, Rio Claro, Biche, Williamsville, New Grant, Princes Town and Barrackpore along with customers in parts of Arima, D’Abadie and Arouca, supplied by the Hollis Water Treatment Plant.

WASA has promised improved response to leak repairs, and increased water trucking, particularly to communities at the extremities and high points of its distribution system.  

The Authority assured that it continues to “prudently manage the country’s water resources in relation to available supply and demand”.

Customers, particularly in areas that are not adversely impacted, are being asked to manage their water use wisely by engaging in proper water conservation habits.

All citizens are also reminded of the need to comply with the water use restrictions, which remain in force until further notice.

Further adjustments to the water supply schedules will be published on WASA’s website and social media platforms.

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