Tuesday 23 July, 2019

Update: WASA repairing water treatment plants after flooding

Update October 22, 2018 at 2:30 pm:

The Water and Sewerage Authority said it is working to return various Water Treatment Plants to service, after heavy flooding forced the plants to halt operations over the weekend. 

In an update shared Monday, WASA said that water treatment plants (WTPs) in Guanapo, as well as the Richmond, Hillsborough West, Highlands Road and Kings Bay WTPs in Tobago have been put back into operation.

Plants which continue to be affected include the Caroni, Quare, Tompire and Matura WTPs in Trinidad and the Charlotteville Intake in Tobago.

The Caroni WTP is experiencing mechanical problems following the heavy rainfall and is currently producing 59 million gallons daily (mgd) (as compared to normal production of 75 mgd) while the other facilities remain out of operation.

Areas affected include those supplied by the Caroni WTP - Santa Cruz, Belmont, Morvant, Cascade, St. James, Cocorite, Kelly, Caroni, Chaguanas, Longdenville, Couva, Carapichaima, Claxton Bay, Gasparillo, Marabella, Pleasantville, San Fernando, La Romaine, South Oropouche, Siparia, Debe, Penal and La Brea and those supplied by other facilities including Valencia, Toco, Matura and Salybia in Trinidad and Charlotteville in Tobago.

The Authority wishes to reassure customers that the water currently being supplied through its distribution system continues to be in compliance with the Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality of the World Health Organisation and is safe for use.

If an interruption in supply was experienced in areas which were flooded, customers are advised to boil water which is to be used for drinking, food preparation or personal hygiene.

Alternatively, household bleach can be used to sterilize 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.

Cleaning of premises which were flooded, disinfectants (household disinfectants or bleach) should be used to sterilize areas which may have been contaminated by overflow of septic tanks or sewers.

For further information or assistance, customers are asked to contact WASA’s Customer Call Centre toll free at 800-4420/26. The Authority apologises for the inconvenience being experienced and thanks customers for their continued patience and understanding.

 

Original story:

Residents who experienced an interruption in their water supply due to flooding are being advised to boil water before drinking.

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) assured in an update on Monday morning however that all water supplied through their distribution system continues to be in compliance with international guidelines for drinking water quality.

Water treatment plants across Trinidad and Tobago were still disrupted up to Monday after catastrophic flooding affected operations over the weekend. 

WASA said in an update Monday that it continues to monitor affected facilities and said corrective work will begin 'when conditions permit'.

Plants which continue to be affected include the Caroni, Tompire, Matura, Quare and Guanapo WTPs in Trinidad and the Richmond, Hillsborough West, Highlands Road and Kings Bay WTPs and Charlotteville Intake in Tobago (The Courland WTP has been put back into operation).

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The Caroni WTP is currently producing 59 million gallons daily (mgd) (as compared to normal production of 75 mgd) while the other facilities remain out of operation.

Areas affected include those supplied by the Caroni water treatment plant:

Santa Cruz, Belmont, Morvant, Cascade, St. James, Cocorite, Kelly, Caroni, Chaguanas, Longdenville, Couva, Carapichaima, Claxton Bay, Gasparillo, Marabella, Pleasantville, San Fernando, La Romaine, South Oropouche, Siparia, Debe, Penal, La Brea and those supplied by other facilities including Toco, Salybia, Valencia and parts of Arima.

In Tobago, all areas from Goodwood to Charlotteville, Scarborough and environs, Bacolet, Hope, John Dial, Mason Hall and Moriah will be affected. 

"The Authority wishes to reassure customers that the water currently being supplied through its distribution system continues to be in compliance with the Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality of the World Health Organisation and is safe for use."

"If an interruption in supply was experienced in areas which were flooded, customers are advised to boil water which is to be used for drinking, food preparation or personal hygiene. Alternatively, household bleach can be used to disinfect by adding four drops of bleach per gallon of water (equivalent to 125 millilitres of household bleach to 400 gallons of water). If bleach is used, water should be left to sit for one hour before use," WASA said. 

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

The Authority apologises for the inconvenience being experienced and thanks customers for their continued patience and understanding.

 

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