Thursday 16 July, 2020

WASA makes adjustments as Dry Season affects reservoir levels

Dry Season conditions have negatively impacted production at several water treatment plants across the country.

As a result, the Water and Sewage Authority (WASA) said it has had to make necessary adjustments to its 2020 Water Supply Management Plan.

In a statement, WASA noted that Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has forecasted below normal rainfall for the period March to May 2020 and no meaningful rainfall has occurred thus far for the month of April.

WASA said this follows significantly below normal rainfall recorded for March at the Authority’s water treatment facilities with deficits of 48.4%, 45.1%, 15.6%, 23.3% and 8.9% at Arena, Navet, Hollis, North Oropouche and Hillsborough respectively when compared to the Long Term Averages (LTAs).

It said with three out of its four reservoirs below long term average capacity at this time and significantly lower river flows at several surface water treatment plants, overall water production continues to be negatively impacted.

WASA said overall water production has been reduced by approximately 40 million gallons per day (mgd), with the following water treatment facilities being most severely affected: Caroni, North Oropouche, Navet, Hollis, Tompire, Llengo & Naranjo and Acono in Trinidad; as well as Courland and Hillsborough West in Tobago.

In light of this situation, it said customers in several communities particularly at the extremities or high points of the above-mentioned water distribution systems, have been adversely affected.

The Authority said it has been implementing various measures keeping with its Water Supply Management Plan, to help mitigate the impact of the shortfall in water production.

These, it said include adjustments to the water supply schedules, which will be published on the Authority’s website and social media platforms and increased water trucking, particularly to communities at the extremities and high points of the distribution system.

WASA further assured customers that it continues to manage the water supply and
demand to ensure the sustainability of supplies to customers to assist with the fight against the COVID-19virus.

It is encouraging customers to manage their water use wisely by engaging in proper water conservation habits and comply with the water use restrictions which continue to be in force.

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