Sunday 15 September, 2019

Water woes to continue, WASA warns

As the ongoing harsh dry conditions associated with the 2019 dry season continue to affect the Water and Sewerage Authority’s (WASA) ability to provide pipe-borne water to all citizens, some are being told to brace for continued shortages.

WASA, in an update on its supply to citizens across the country, said water supply schedules have been adjusted again to ensure that there is equitable distribution of available water resources.

It noted that current operations are at a deficit of approximately 30 million gallons per day (mgd) in water availability for distribution, and given the impact of the dry season conditions on water production at surface water treatment plants across the country, those already experiencing issues with their pipe-borne water supply will continue to have those problems for some time.

WASA assured, however, that it has implemented a number of measures to ensure that citizens are not left without water.

“As a consequence, customers in several communities particularly at the extremities of our pipeline distribution system, are and will continue to experience problems in receiving a regular water supply.

In this regard, the Authority has been and will continue to work closely with local government and other representatives to identify and provide truck borne deliveries to supplement the lack of a pipe borne supply.”

WASA said the adjusted schedules will be posted on its website and social media pages by May 1.

The Authority gave the following update on rainfall patterns for the January to March period:

“During the first three months of 2019, the rainfall deficits at the Authority's major treatment facilities in relation to Long Term Averages (LTAs) for this period were 21% at Arena, 46% at Navet, 49% at Hollis, 40% at Hillsborough and 60% at North Oropouche.

This trend has maintained through to 22nd April, 2019 with actual rainfall only 38% of the monthly average at Arena, 36% of the monthly average at Navet, 58% of the monthly average at Hollis, 142% of the monthly average at Hillsborough and 60% of the monthly average at North Oropouche. It is important to note that the forecast for May 2019 indicates rainfall deficits of 32% at Arena, 50% at Navet, 43% at Hollis, 54% at Hillsborough, and 35% at North Oropouche.”

WASA said it is prepared to treat with those in breach of the ban and engaging in illegal abstraction of water, or have illegal connections, and also reminded citizens that the water use restrictions imposed in January remain in effect.

WASA encouraged customers to conserve available water supplies and comply with the water use restrictions currently in place to ensure a continued supply for the remainder of the Dry Season 2019 and beyond.

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