Country in need of 35 million gallons of water
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THE country needs an additional 35 million gallons of water if all citizens are to receive a steady supply of water every day, says Minister of the Environment and Water Resources Ganga Singh.
Singh said the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) was working feverishly to try and supply everyone with a daily supply.
He was speaking at the commissioning of the Chin Chin Road Pipeline Project on Wednesday.
Singh said when the People's Partnership government came into power in 2010, 18 per cent of the country had a 24/7 water supply. He said today, 49 per cent was receiving a 24/7 supply.
Singh, who spoke about the several water treatment plants that were constructed and wells drilled, said those projects added 8.4 million gallons of water available for use.
He said WASA was drilling six more wells in Point Fortin, Port of Spain, and Santa Cruz which will supply an additional 800,000 gallons.
By 2014, the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (DESALCOTT) was working towards increasing water production at the Point Lisas Plant by ten million gallons daily he said.
Singh also said: "Our third measure is an environmentally friendly one, that is at the cutting edge of technology. Currently, we have at the Beetham Sewage Plant, 24 million gallons of tertiary treated water entering the Gulf of Paria. We are taking that water and treating 11 million gallons of it for industrial water use by the industries in Point Lisas. There will be collectively a total of 34.4 million gallons of additional water available for domestic use when the Beetham Plant comes into effect."
The minister said WASA’s total production capacity has increased by 8.4 million gallons per day from 224 million gallons in 2010 to 232.4 million gallons per day this year.
Pipeline installation was undertaken in 55 communities under the National Social Development Programme.
$470 million was spent to install over 400 kilometres transmission and distribution pipelines he said.
Singh said in Tobago, 69 per cent of the population has a 24/7 water supply and by 2014, everyone should receive a 24/7 with the completion of two new projects.
The Chin Chin project replaced the 30-year-old, leaking 600 millimetre diameter steel main from Las Lomas Water Treatment Plant to Cunupia to integrate transmission systems of the Las Lomas and Caroni Water Treatment plants.
The project which was done in two phases was completed in twelve months at a cost of $31,363,000.