WASA has issued an official statement concerning rumours circulating in social media, that water rates will be increased soon. The statement reads as follows:
“The Water and Sewerage Authority (the Authority) has taken note of certain publications being circulated on social media. In this regard the Authority wishes to advise customers and the public that there has been no new increase to its rates and it applies rates as approved by the Regulated Industries Commission under the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Order #83 of 1993.
Works at the Point Lisas Desalination Plant have been completed ahead of time.
According to a statement from the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA), maintenance works wrapped up on Thursday, five days ahead of schedule.
The water supply is now expected to be restored to affected areas over the next 48 hours.
During the period of the shutdown, DESALCOTT conducted necessary repairs and upgrades to critical equipment and systems, to ensure the reliability of operations at the plant for the upcoming 2020 Dry Season.
More than 500,000 households in South and Central Trinidad will be impacted by a shortage of pipe-borne water when the Desalination plant goes down for 16 days in a planned shutdown next month.
Among the areas affected will be Caroni, St Helena, Charlieville, Chaguanas, Cunupia, Carapichaima, Couva, Claxton Bay, Marabella, Gasparillo, San Fernando, Cocoyea, Union Hall, La Romaine, Woodland, Palmiste, Phillipine, Rambert Village, South Oropouche, Fyzabad, Avocat, Siparia, Penal, San Francique, Rousillac, Aripero and La Brea.
A confidential Water Sales Agreement between the Water and Sewage Authority (WASA) and the Desalination Company of T&T (Desalcott) shows that WASA pays over $50 million a month for desalinated water.
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers and members of the public that, despite recent rainfall throughout parts of Trinidad and Tobago, its four main impounding reservoirs remain low for this time of year.
WASA says the levels of storage and respective Long Term Averages (LTAs) at the reservoirs as at today – Monday 5th August 2019 are as follows:
· Arena: 38.97%, LTA - 60.91%
· Navet: 27.65%, LTA - 57.93%
· Hollis: 18.91%, LTA - 60.81%
· Hillsborough: 30.58%, LTA - 56.68%
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers and motorists of a leaking 21-inch diameter main on the north bound carriageway of Diego Martin Highway, Crystal Stream, Diego Martin.
WASA says it is currently engaged in mobilising crews and equipment to execute the emergency repair works, which is expected to be completed by 10pm Tuesday.
Motorists are advised to proceed with caution and obey the instructions of the police officers on duty in the vicinity of the job site.