WASA: Water restrictions include 'wet fetes'
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is reminding the public that the current water restriction plan includes 'wet fetes'.
In a statement issued Tuesday, WASA reminded the public that the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service warned of drought conditions during this year's dry season, which has already affected the water supply of several water treatment facilities throughout the country.
WASA said the water use restrictions, which took effect January 28, 2019, also includes 'wet fetes' (the restrictions do not refer to the use of sea water).
"In spite of how much we may plea with persons to be cognizant of the existing conditions and the need to conserve their water usage, there are always those who need additional encouragement to do what is right."
"The Authority therefore instituted water use restrictions in accordance with the Water and Sewerage Act Chapter 54:40, which took effect from mid-night on 28th January, 2019."
"It should be noted that this also applies to the spraying of water or similar type activity at Carnival ‘Wet’ Fetes. In this regard, the promoters of such events are advised to desist from engaging in such activities as the Authority has been monitoring these events and is prepared to pursue relevant actions as provided under the law, against persons involved in utilizing water as described above, at Carnival ‘Wet’ Fetes," the company said.
The company said it will be issuing revised Water Supply Schedules from March 1, 2019, based on the current shortfalls being experienced throughout the country, in order to send supply to 'more water-stressed areas'.
The amended schedules will be published on the Authority’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages from March 1, 2019.
WASA said it is also closely monitoring reservoir management of the country's four main reservoirs, i.e. Arena, Navet, Hollis and Hillsborough, to ensure water availability throughout the Dry Season.
WASA said it is also monitoring its groundwater sources to ensure maximum production.
The company said it has been in discussions with Desalcott – owners of the Point Lisas Desalination Plant and Seven Seas International – owners of the Point Fortin Desalination Plant, about taking the necessary steps to guarantee optimization of their plant operations and production during the period.
The company added that its water trucking fleet will be expanded during the Dry Season, in order to cater for greater demand from harshly impacted communities/customers.
Regarding maintenance, WASA said arrangements are in place to ensure that the Authority’s plants are able to operate at optimal levels and there is minimal downtime for necessary repairs.
WASA addressing leaks
The company said it is clamping down on water leaks and is asking customers to contact the company on 800-4420/4426 to report all leaks.
The company is also cracking down on illegal water trucks and illegal water connections, adding that it has increased security services to address this.
The company reminded the public that is it is illegal for any privately operated water truck to fill up at a hydrant and then proceed to deliver that water to persons for a fee.
"It is important to note that apart from illegally stealing water, trucks that use certain hydrants to fill may also be affecting the pressures on the system, which in turn may impact our ability to provide a pipe borne water supply to some customers. Anyone observing such activities are asked to take the vehicle number or a picture of the truck and report it via our Call Centre or Facebook page," the company said.
The company added its security officers wil be out in full force to clamp down on people with illegal water connections, as a previous amnesty ends February 28, 2019.
The company is also encouraging the public to conserve water by shortening showers, closing taps when not in use, washing only full loads of laundry and using a bucket instead of a garden hose to clean cars or the yard.