The Point Lisas Desalination Plant—operated by Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Desalcott)—will be undergoing planned maintenance all this week—from noon today, Monday 8th, to Saturday 13th November 2021.
This is expected to have an impact on the pipe borne water supply to areas in Central and South Trinidad, as the plant will be shut down during that time.
The Desalcott owned and operated desalination plant, provides 40 million gallons daily to WASA, which is used to supply the Point Lisas Industrial Estate, as well as augment the supply to areas in Central and South Trinidad.
An advisory from the Water and Sewerage Authority of Trinidad and Tobago explains measures have been taken to mitigate the effects of this supply shortfall on operations.
Some of the affected areas will include:
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, La Brea.
WASA says the following measures are being implemented during the planned shutdown period this week:
■ Increased production and re-distribution of supply from the Caroni and Navet Water Treatment Plants;
■ Implementation of temporary supply schedules;
■ Ensure capacity storage at critical service reservoirs;
■ Increased water trucking capacity;
■ Special emphasis and arrangements to supply schools, health institutions, homes for aged and other special needs organisations.
WASA is encouraging customers to maintain/establish a system of storage over the period of the shutdown, and also to manage their water use efficiently by reducing consumption. The water authority says this can be done by eliminating inefficient practices, as well as repairing leaks and overflowing water tanks at home and in business places.
Customers are further advised that temporary supply schedules for the period of the shutdown, will be available on the Authority’s website: www.wasa.gov.tt; Facebook page, WASA Trinidad & Tobago; and Twitter, @wasatnt from today, Monday 8th November 2021.
For further information, assistance or to request a truck borne delivery, customers can contact WASA’s Customer Call Centre toll free at 800-4420/26.