THE desalination plant in Point Lisas is back in operation, a day ahead of its scheduled restart.
The plant was shut down on January 15 for maintenance work that was supposed to last ten days. It was completed on Wednesday.
The plant supplies water to the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA).
Thousands of WASA customers, mainly in central and south Trinidad, were left with a reduced supply as a result of maintenance on the desalination plant.
In a press release issued by WASA yesterday, Ellen Lewis, WASA's head of corporate communications, said, "As of midnight Tuesday, January 22, the process of ramping back up production began at the desalination plant, Pt Lisas, and as of 10.30 p.m. last night, full production of 30 (million gallons a day) had been achieved. From 10.30 p.m., the normalisation of service to customers in central and south Trinidad would have started and will continue over the next 24 hours."
Customers were advised that during the period, they reduce consumption of water and fix leaks in their homes and business places.
During the shutdown, several measures were put in place by WASA to assist customers, including the redistribution of supplies from the Caroni and Navet water treatment plants, implementation of temporary water schedules and ramped up water-trucking services.