Monday 30 November, 2020

WASA: Don't waste water

Flashback: Water levels at Hollis Reservoir in September 2019. Photo by Darlisa Ghouralal.

Flashback: Water levels at Hollis Reservoir in September 2019. Photo by Darlisa Ghouralal.

With Christmas around the corner, the public is being encouraged to maintain strict water conservation measures - only using water as required.

This, as water levels at Trinidad’s three main impounding reservoirs remain significantly below respective Long Term Averages (LTAs) for this time of year.   

As of Thursday, the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) said water levels at the reservoirs are as follows - Arena: 65.33 percent, LTA – 91 percent, Navet: 62.47 percent, LTA - 91.93 percent, Hollis: 57.89 percent, LTA - 91.76 percent.  

WASA said the persistently low levels are as a direct result of slow recovery after below-average rainfall throughout the 2019 wet season, coming off a harsh dry season.

Deficits in rainfall were recorded in November, when compared to LTAs as follows: Hollis – 39.9 percent; Arena – 27 percent; Navet - 3.5 percent.

Cumulative shortfalls in rainfall at each reservoir over the period January to November 2019 have been: 757 mm at Hollis; 529 mm at Navet; and 329 mm at Arena.   

However, production levels at Water Treatment Plants for the Hollis and Navet Reservoirs are still being maintained at approximately half of their respective capacities as these reservoirs have had the highest cumulative shortfall in rainfall for 2019.

The ongoing situation continues to negatively impact the regularity and consistency of the water supply to customers in parts of Arima and D’Abadie served by the Hollis WTP, as well as parts of Tableland, New Grant, Princes Town and Mayaro served by the Navet WTP.

WASA assures, however, that it intends to continue managing the country’s water resources to minimise the impact on customers now and into the upcoming 2020 dry season.

The Authority said it has been closely monitoring distribution schedules and making minor adjustments where possible and providing a supplemental truck borne water supply to customers in affected areas.     

Water use restrictions implemented in January remain in effect and apply to the use of hoses, pressure washers, decorative water features and other similar apparatus and such restrictions remain in force until further notice.

WASA warned that action will be taken against those found to be in breach of the water use restrictions as Security Officers have stepped up their patrols.

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