The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) says it has noted the continued circulation of an erroneous WhatsApp voice message stating that “half of the water treatment plants have been shut down due to dirty water and the other half would be shut down in a matter of hours”.
WASA notes that it has issued updates on the status of its Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) and, at the height of the heavy rainfall, a maximum of 17 were affected – 11 in Trinidad and six 6 in Tobago out of a total of 78.
At a time when the country is engrossed in the possible fallout of the Petrotrin refinery closure, comes word that monthly salaries at the state-run Water and Sewage Authority (WASA) run at more than $91 million. This pays some 5,150 permanent employees and means in one year the authority spends over $1.1 billion in salaries alone.
WASA chairman Romney Thomas gave those figures in response to questions from the Sunday Guardian about the authority’s wage bill.
“Average monthly salary and wages $91.475m,” Thomas wrote via Whatsapp.
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising that the water supply has been restored to most affected communities in North Trinidad, served by the Caroni Water Treatment Plant following completion of repairs to the ruptured 36-inch diameter transmission main along the Beetham Highway on Tuesday.
However, WASA says some areas will experience low pressures and in some cases, no water due to above normal demand.
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers in parts of North Trinidad who have been impacted by the ruptured 36-inch diameter transmission main along the Beetham Highway, that repairs, have been completed.
WASA says the re-commissioning of the system commenced around 8.20 am but it is advising customers that it may take up to 36 hours for the scheduled pipe-borne service to be normalized to some areas.
It says a limited truck-borne water service is available with priority given to special homes, health-care and educational institutions.
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers and members of the public that its administrative services have been disrupted today – Wednesday 22nd August 2018, as a result of the seismic activity impacting the country.
WASA says it is currently in the process of assessing the structural integrity of several of its offices and other facilities.
As such, it says the Customer Call Centre toll free numbers: 800-4420/26, along with its Customer Service Centres will remain closed today – Wednesday 22nd August, 2018.
The Water and Sewerage Authority advises customers in St. James that there will be an interruption in their water supply on Thursday 9th August 2018, between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
This has become necessary in order to facilitate pipeline diversion and interconnection works at Serpentine Road St. Clair.
Areas to be affected include:
The Water and Sewerage Authority advises customers that heavy rainfall over the past 24 hours has impacted operations at some of its water treatment facilities.
Several of the Water Treatment Plants throughout North Trinidad were shut down due to various issues including turbid river conditions, clogged intake screens and power failures.
The Water Treatment Plants affected are:
-Luengo & Naranjo and