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More water woes looming

By \\\\\ Sandhya Santoo sandhya.santoo@trinidadexpress.com

ALREADY coping with water rationing as a result of a dry spell and low reservoir water levels, citizens were told yesterday to expect further water shortages as a result of problems at the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Desalcott)

The seven-day water cutback of operations at Desalcott is to allow for expansion work and will last between July 5 and 11.

Desalcott’s main customer, the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA), issued a statement yesterday advising that North and South Trinidad will be affected.

As a result of the supply shortfall due to the dry spell, WASA has implemented a revised water supply schedule which remains in effect, according to WASA’s corporation communications manager Ellen Lewis.

She said that a water trucking service is available with priority given to schools and health institutions, the leak repair programme would be accelerated, with a system of storage at critical service reservoirs and ramped up production at the Caroni Water Treatment Plant.

General manager at Desalcott John Thompson told the Express that the expansion works is necessary to increase the daily supply. “Half was done in March but WASA did not want us to shut down. But until we do this job we can’t finish the expansion to increase to 40 million imperial gallons per day,” said Thompson. 

An estimated half of the regular supply by Desalcott to WASA is being reduced. Lewis said, “the cutback is by 15 million gallons per day, so that Desalcott can increase its production to their expected target of 40 million gallons per day”. 

For further information, customers can contact WASA’s Customer Service bureau toll free at 800 4420/4426.

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