Water woes to follow flooding

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers that heavy rainfall over the past 48 hours continues to negatively impact operation at some of its Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) throughout Trinidad and Tobago, due to various issues including turbid river conditions, clogged intake screens and power failures.

The affected facilities include the Caroni WTP where production has been reduced from 75 million gallons daily (mgd) to 55 mgd while operation was stopped at the Tompire, Matura, Hollis, Aripo, Quare, Guanapo, Caura, Luengo & Naranjo, Acono, Blanchisseuse, Las Cuevas, and La Fillette WTPs in Trinidad and Highlands Road and Hillsborough West WTPs in Tobago.

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 Toco, Salybia, Valencia, parts of Arima, El Dorado, Tacarigua, Maracas - St. Joseph and areas along the North Coast in Trinidad and Mason Hall and Bacolet in Tobago, among others.

The affected facilities are expected to return to service when conditions normalize at the various locations.

In view of this situation, WASA is advising customers to manage their water use efficiently, as it may take up to 24 hours thereafter for the restoration of their scheduled pipe borne water supply.

As a further conservation measure, where possible, customers are encouraged to harvest rainfall to supplement their water usage.

WASA says 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.

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