Caroni water treatment plant stopped due to oily substance in river.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 20:00

At 11:20 a.m. today - Thursday 19th November 2015, operations at the Caroni Water Treatment Plant, Piarco, were stopped when an oil like substance was observed in the Caroni River, above the raw water intake.

After closely monitoring the river to ensure that the oily substance had cleared, the plant was restarted at 2:15 p.m. It should be noted that none of the oil like substance entered the plant, as tests carried out at the Authority’s lab, have confirmed that the supply is safe. In keeping with established protocols for incidents of this nature, the Environmental Management Authority was informed.  

As a result of the temporary stoppage, customers in the following areas of North, Central and South Trinidad would have been affected:

North Trinidad:

Parts of Piarco; St Augustine; Curepe; Champ Fleurs; Mt. D’Or; Farm Road, St Joseph; Petit Bourg; Valsayn South; Bamboo; Mt. Hope Hospital; Aranguez; San Juan; El Socorro; Santa Cruz; Morvant; Barataria; Laventille; Beetham Gardens; Gonzales; Belmont; Port of Spain, Cascade; Cocorite and Western Main Road, St James

Central and South Trinidad:

Caroni North and South Bank Road; Cunupia; Endeavour; Chaguanas; Jerningham Road;

Lange Park; Longdenville; Felicity; California; Caroni Savannah Road; Korea Village; Bank Village; Waterloo; Carapichaima; St.Mary’s; Mc Bean; Couva; Windsor Park; Esperanza;

Claxton Bay; parts of Philippine; Debe, Penal; Siparia; Fyzabad

This is the second such occurrence to affect operations at the Caroni Plant this year, following a similar incident on 25th February 2015.

Customers are further advised that it may take up to 12 hours for the water supply to normalize to some areas. For further information please contact WASA’s Customer Call Centre toll free at 800 4420/26.

Daniel Plenty

Senior Manager, Corporate Communications

November 19th 2015