Saturday, January 20, 2018

Brace for water shortage

...Desalcott to shut down for maintenance

Desalcott's desalination plant at Point Lisas

Citizens in south and central Trinidad are being advised to brace themselves for a possible disruption in the supply of water following an announcement of a planned eight-day shutdown by the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Desalcott).

On Wednesday the Water and Sewerage Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (WASA) issued a release stating that it had been informed by Desalcott that they will be shutting down operations at their Point Lisas plant from September 26 to October 3 to facilitate maintenance works.

WASA said the planned shutdown will have a significant negative impact on its overall supply position as the Point LIsas plant provides 40 million gallons of water daily, which is used to meet the demand by businesses at the Point Lisas Industrial Estate as well as private households in areas of south and central Trinidad.

In order to mitigate the effects of this supply shortfall on its operations, WASA intends to will implement the following measures:

• The re-distribution of supply from the Caroni and Navet Water Treatment Plants
• Implementation of temporary supply schedules
• Ensure capacity storage at critical service reservoirs
• Increase water trucking capacity
• Special emphasis and arrangements to supply schools, health institutions, homes for aged and other special needs organisations
• Accelerate response to leak repair

"We are advising customers to either maintain or establish a system of storage over the period of the shutdown and to also manage their water use efficiently by reducing consumption. This can be done by eliminating wasteful practices, as well as repairing leaks and overflowing water tanks at home and in business places," WASA stated.

The shutdown follows in the vein of several Desalcott has undertaken over the years, among them a three-day downtime last year; a 10-day undertaking for maintenance in 2015; and a shutdown which lasted 14 days in facilitating the upgrading of its water production from 32m to 40m gallons per day.

Customers are further advised that the temporary supply schedules will be available on WASA's website:

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.