More than 500,000 households in South and Central Trinidad will be impacted by a shortage of pipe-borne water when the Desalination plant goes down for 16 days in a planned shutdown next month.
Among the areas affected will be Caroni, St Helena, Charlieville, Chaguanas, Cunupia, Carapichaima, Couva, Claxton Bay, Marabella, Gasparillo, San Fernando, Cocoyea, Union Hall, La Romaine, Woodland, Palmiste, Phillipine, Rambert Village, South Oropouche, Fyzabad, Avocat, Siparia, Penal, San Francique, Rousillac, Aripero and La Brea.
A confidential Water Sales Agreement between the Water and Sewage Authority (WASA) and the Desalination Company of T&T (Desalcott) shows that WASA pays over $50 million a month for desalinated water.
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers and members of the public that, despite recent rainfall throughout parts of Trinidad and Tobago, its four main impounding reservoirs remain low for this time of year.
WASA says the levels of storage and respective Long Term Averages (LTAs) at the reservoirs as at today – Monday 5th August 2019 are as follows:
· Arena: 38.97%, LTA - 60.91%
· Navet: 27.65%, LTA - 57.93%
· Hollis: 18.91%, LTA - 60.81%
· Hillsborough: 30.58%, LTA - 56.68%
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers and motorists of a leaking 21-inch diameter main on the north bound carriageway of Diego Martin Highway, Crystal Stream, Diego Martin.
WASA says it is currently engaged in mobilising crews and equipment to execute the emergency repair works, which is expected to be completed by 10pm Tuesday.
Motorists are advised to proceed with caution and obey the instructions of the police officers on duty in the vicinity of the job site.
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) says the existing Water Use Restrictions and revised water supply schedules that were implemented in keeping with its Water Supply Management Plan during the 2019 Dry Season, remain in effect.
WASA issued a statement Thursday saying that notwithstanding the commencement of the 2019 Wet Season as declared by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service, the intermittent showers experienced thus far have had no discernable impact on the levels at WASA's four main impounding reservoirs.
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) said Wednesday that customers in parts of North East Trinidad who are currently experiencing an interruption in their pipe borne water supply due to ongoing emergency repair of leaks on its 42 inch diameter North Oropouche Transmission Main, that the time for completion of works has been extended to 12 midnight on Wednesday.
WASA said the delay has been due to unforeseen challenges at the jobsite associated with the extent of damage to the pipeline that was observed upon excavation.
The areas that continue to be affected include:
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) says that despite the declaration of the start of the 2019 Wet Season, the Water Use Restrictions implemented on January 28, remain in effect until further notice.
WASA is further advising that the current revised water supply schedules also remain in effect.