No water in Icacos for a month Residents suffer before Christmas

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.

No water in parts of Trinidad

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.

Hillsborough Dam upgrade to boost Tobago’s water supply by 2019

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.

Nine water treatment plants shut down following overnight rain

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.

Six water treatment plants affected by overnight rains

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.

WASA debunks WhatsApp message on water situation

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.

Two plants back in operation but water supply problems to continue

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.