Wednesday 26 February, 2020

WASA: Water treatment plants almost back to full operation

While all water treatment plants affected by heavy rainfall in Tobago have been returned to full operation, just two facilities continue to be affected in Trinidad.

In an update on its operations following adverse weather experienced across Trinidad and Tobago, the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) said pipe borne water supply schedules from water production facilities which have been returned to service are expected to return to normal over the next 36 - 48 hours as communities affected by flooding continue their cleanup efforts.

As of Wednesday, production is still affected at Quare WTP in Valencia owing to turbid river conditions and the Caroni WTP which is operating at reduced capacity, due to ongoing mechanical problems that are expected to be rectified by Saturday. 

Areas which continue to be affected include those supplied by the Caroni WTP - Santa Cruz, Belmont, Morvant, Cascade, St. James, Cocorite, Kelly, St. Helena, Caroni, Chaguanas, Longdenville, Couva, Carapichaima, Claxton Bay, Gasparillo, Marabella, Pleasantville, San Fernando, La Romaine, South Oropouche, Siparia, Debe, Penal and La Brea; as well as Valencia, which is supplied by the Quare WTP. 

Meanwhile, WASA said it is aware of low water pressures, and in some cases, no water affecting customers in Santa Rosa, Arima.

Checks are being carried out along the distribution system in the area to determine the cause of this problem.

“Every effort is being made to have the water supply to the area restored in the shortest time possible, WASA assured.

Customers are reminded that if an interruption in supply was experienced in areas which were flooded, they are advised to boil water that is to be used for drinking, food preparation or personal hygiene.

Alternatively, household bleach can be used to sterilise water by adding four (4) drops of bleach per gallon of water (equivalent to 125 millimeters of household bleach to 400 gallons of water). If bleach is used, water should be left to sit for one hour before use. 

For further information or assistance, customers are asked to contact WASA’s Customer Call Centre toll free at 800-4420/26.

 

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