Residents of south and central Trinidad are being advised to prepare for a possible disruption in their supply of water following the announcement of a rescheduled shutdown by the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Desalcott).
On Thursday the Water and Sewerage Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (WASA) issued a release stating that the shutdown of Desalcott’s Point Lisas plant, originally scheduled from September 26 to October 3, to facilitate maintenance works, will now take place from October 30 to November 5.
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.
Customers are further advised that the temporary supply schedules will be published in the press, as well as on WASA’s website: www.wasa.gov.tt; Facebook page: WASA Trinidad & Tobago; and Twitter: @wasatnt.
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.