Saturday 5 December, 2020

WASA shuts down desal plant after Heritage tank fails

The Water and Sewerage Authority (the Authority) said it has temporarily shut down the Point Fortin Desalination Plant after flooding which took place from a water tank at the Heritage Petroleum, Point Fortin compound. 

The company said in a statement that as a result, customers in parts of Point Fortin and La Brea may experience an interruption in their pipe borne water supply that as the Point Fortin Desalination Plant is out of operation.

WASA said the failure of a water tank at the Heritage Petroleum, Point Fortin Compound resulting in flooding of the underground electrical cable system at the plant.

Seven Seas Water (Trinidad) Unlimted, which owns and operates the Point Fortin Desalination Plant, is assessing the situation at the plant to determine the duration of the disruption.

WASA said it will provide a subsequent update when this information becomes available.

The Point Fortin Desalination Plant normally provides the Authority with 5.6 million gallons per day (mgd), which is used to supply Point Fortin and parts of La Brea.

Areas affected include:

Point Fortin proper, Parrylands, Cochrane, Mahaica, Lot 10, Savannah, Harriman Park, Clifton Hill, Reservoir Hill, Fanny Village, New Village, Salazar Trace, Pilgrim Street and environs, parts of Techier, Vance River, Merrimac, Vessigny, TGU, La Brea (up to the Pitch Lake).

For further information or assistance, customers can contact WASA’s Customer Call Centre toll-free at 800-4420/4426.

WASA apologised for the inconvenience and thanks customers for their patience and understanding. 

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