The compound of the Water and Sewerage Authority at Farm Road, St Joseph.

The Water and Sewerage Authority advises customers in parts of Central and South-West Trinidad, who are presently experiencing low water pressures or no water that, this is as a result of the shutdown of the Point Lisas Desalination Plant, due to what has been described as raw water quality issues.

However, a time for restarting the plant has not been given. As such, a limited truck-borne water service will be available with priority given to special homes, health care and government institutions.

The WASA advisory explains the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (DESALCOTT) owned and operated Plant, normally supplies WASA with 40 million gallons of water per day (mgd).

“DESALCOTT has indicated that they are currently experiencing poor raw water quality issues, causing operations at the facility to be stopped,” WASA says.

It added: “It should be noted that DESALCOTT has not been able to provide a timeframe for the restart of the plant. The Authority is in constant communication with the company and will provide a further update on when the Plant will return to service, as soon as this information becomes available.”

Areas affected include:

Central Trinidad – Caroni, Warrenville, Cunupia, Chaguanas, Caparo, Chase village, Couva, Pt Lisas, California, Claxton Bay, Plaisance Park, Pointe a Pierre, City of San Fernando, Vistabella, Marabella, Gasparillo

South-West Trinidad – Union Hall, Pleasantville, Palmiste, Phillipine, Duncan Village, Esperance, Gulf View, Bel Air, La Romain, South Oropouche, Otaheite, Rousillac, Aripero, parts of La Brea, Avocat, Fyzabad, parts of Siparia including De Gannes Village and Quarry Village, San Francique, Debe, Syne Village, Lowkie Trace, Sunrees Road, Mora Dam Road.

WASA is asking its customers to manage their water use efficiently, as it may take up to 48 hours for the supply to normalize to some affected areas, after the Plant returns to full operation.

For further information or assistance, customers are encouraged to contact WASA’s Customer Call Centre toll free at 800-4420 and 800-4426.