"Significant" water impact looms with cutback at desalination plant

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers in parts of Central and South West Trinidad, that they will experience a disruption in their regular pipe-borne water supply, due to a cutback in production at the Point Lisas Desalination Plant.

The plant is currently producing 10 million gallons per day (mgd), or 25 percent of its capacity.

Icacos residents get water

Christ­mas seemed brighter for res­i­dents of Ce­dros and Ica­cos as the Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Au­thor­i­ty made good on its promise to de­liv­er wa­ter to over 600 res­i­dents who were suf­fer­ing for the pre­cious com­mod­i­ty in the lead­up to Christ­mas.

On Christ­mas Eve, res­i­dent Sha­hee­da Ma­haraj said they re­ceived a truck-borne sup­ply at Ram­sey Av­enue, Ica­cos.

“I am so re­lieved right now. I took out all the clothes to wash. We had a sink­ful of dish­es. We are so thank­ful that we got a lit­tle wa­ter.”

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.

WASA restores service to North Trinidad

The Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Au­thor­i­ty says it has re­stored ser­vice to some part of North Trinidad served by the Ca­roni Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant af­ter com­plet­ing re­pairs to the blown air valve along the 48-inch di­am­e­ter Ca­roni North Trans­mis­sion Main in Pi­ar­co.

In a re­lease Fri­day morn­ing, WASA said the re­pairs were com­plet­ed and the sup­ply re­opened at ap­prox­i­mate­ly 9.30 am.

WASA: Service Restored to Parts of North Trinidad

WASA is reporting that repairs to the blown air valve along the 48-inch diameter, Caroni-North Transmission Main at Piarco, were completed.
The supply reopened at about 9.30 this morning.
The Water Authority a short while ago.
Wasa’s Director for Customer Care, Alan Poon-King, explains the disruption had nothing to do with any industrial action by WASA workers, but instead, with its ageing pipeline infrastructure.

WASA workers angry over late pay

Work­ers at the Wa­ter and Sewage Au­thor­i­ty (WASA) are cur­rent­ly up in arms over the de­layed pay­ment of De­cem­ber salaries.

This af­ter an in­ter­nal memo was sent around to staff on Wednes­day (De­cem­ber 19) ad­vis­ing work­ers that "there has been a de­lay re­gard­ing the pay­ment of salaries."

The com­pa­ny told work­ers that they were "work­ing as­sid­u­ous­ly" to have the is­sue cor­rect­ed.

Line min­is­ter for WASA, Pub­lic Util­i­ties Min­is­ter Robert Le Hunte, said he was un­aware of the is­sue but was go­ing to look in­to it im­me­di­ate­ly.

WASA chairman: No fight with CEO over dismissals

Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Au­thor­i­ty (WASA) chair­man Rom­ney Thomas has de­nied that he and his CEO El­lis Bur­ris have been locked in a bit­ter war over pend­ing mass fir­ings at the wa­ter com­pa­ny.

In an in­ter­nal memo sent to staff on Mon­day, it stat­ed that Bur­ris was sent on 12 days va­ca­tion leave be­gin­ning De­cem­ber 17 with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

For­mer CEO Al­lan Poon King has been act­ing in Bur­ris’ ab­sence.