With no water to bathe her newborn grandson or boil his baby bottles, Icacos resident Shaheeda Maharaj broke down in tears on Monday, begging her councillor to do something to help her.
"My daughter Stephanie Maharaj make baby and she came home on Friday with my grandson, but there is not a drop of water to cook, bathe, wash. We have not had a drop of water for over two months," Maharaj said during an interview on Christmas Eve.
With Christmas a day away, Maharaj said her home was in a dirty state.
There has been a reduced production at the Point Lisas Desalination Plant which will result in no water for several customers in Central and South West Trinidad.
A release issued by the Water and Sewerage Authority said there have been ongoing problems at the Point Lisas Desalination Plant.
Following the initial disruption on December 3, partial operation of the facility was achieved on the following day.
Tobago’s water supply is set to be significantly increased by the end of the year 2019 with the commencement of upgrade works on the Hillsborough Dam, Mt. St George, Tobago, the THA Division of Settlements Urban Renewal and Public Utilities said yesterday.
The dam which was commissioned in 1952, has been the major source of drinking water for the island of Tobago, having the largest water storage capacity on the island.
However, for a significant period of time, the dam has been storing thirty percent below its intended capacity of 220 million gallons of water.
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers that heavy overnight rainfall has negatively impacted operations at several of its surface water treatment facilities.
This has resulted in the shutdown of several Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) throughout North Trinidad due to various issues including turbid river conditions, clogged intake screens and power failure.
The affected facilities include the Tompire, Matura, Aripo, Quare, Guanapo, Caura, Luengo & Naranjo and Acono WTPs.
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers that heavy rainfall overnight has impacted operations at some of its water treatment facilities.
This includes the shutdown of several Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) in North Trinidad, due to a number of issues such as turbid river conditions, clogged intake screens and power failures.
The affected facilities include Matura, Aripo, Quare, Guanapo and Lluengo & Naranjo WTPs.
Some of the areas affected include:
Salybia, Valencia, Santa Rosa Heights, parts of Arima and Maracas, St. Joseph.
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.
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers affected by disruptions at several Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) caused by recent heavy rainfall that work towards normalising service is continuing.
WASA says that through those efforts, the Guanapo WTP in Trinidad and the Richmond, Hillsborough West, Highlands Road and Kings Bay WTPs in Tobago having been put back into operation.
Plants which continue to be affected include the Caroni, Quare, Tompire and Matura WTPs in Trinidad and the Charlotteville Intake in Tobago.
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.