"Significant" water impact looms with cutback at desalination plant

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers in parts of Central and South West Trinidad, that they will experience a disruption in their regular pipe-borne water supply, due to a cutback in production at the Point Lisas Desalination Plant.

The plant is currently producing 10 million gallons per day (mgd), or 25 percent of its capacity.

The Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago – DESALCOTT owned and operated plant, normally supplies WASA with 40 mgd, which is used to supply the Point Lisas Industrial Estate, as well as augment the supply to areas in Central and South West Trinidad.

WASA says this disruption will therefore significantly impact its water distribution capacity to supply its customers.

It says DESALCOTT is presently assessing the extent of the problem, in order to address same in the shortest time possible.

Among the areas affected include:

Caroni, St. Helena, Charlieville, Chaguanas, Cunupia, Carapichaima, Claxton Bay, Marabella, Gasparillo, Vistabella, Gulf View, Union Hall, La Romaine, Palmiste, Phillipine, Rambert Village, Woodland,  Fyzabad, San Francique & Cocoyea.

WASA says that in order to mitigate the effects of this supply shortfall on operations, it will be re-distributing supplies from its Caroni and Navet Water Treatment Plants, as well as the implementation of temporary supply schedules.

Customers are asked to manage their water use efficiently, as it may take 24 to 36 hours for the supply to normalize to some affected areas, after the Plant returns to full operation.

WASA says a limited truck-borne water service will be available with priority given to special homes, health care and government institutions.


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