THE Point Lisas Desalination Plant is producing at half its capacity and the temporary supply schedules which were introduced by the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) a week ago will remain in effect until this weekend.
In a press release, Ellen Lewis, head of corporate communications at WASA, said the service is expected to return to normal by Saturday.
She reminded consumers to use less to do more, stop wasteful practices, address plumbing issues at their homes including leaks and overflowing storage tanks, and to maintain or establish a system of storage.
“The Point Lisas Desalination Plant was taken out of operation from March 26-28 to facilitate expansion works that will eventually lead to an increase in the production of desalinated water to 40mgd (million gallons per day) from 30mgd,” Lewis said in the release.
“DESALCOTT has advised the authority that since plant operation resumed at the Point Lisas Desalination Plant on Saturday March 29, full plant capacity of 30mgd has not yet been achieved. The plant is producing 15mgd with full production expected to be realised on Saturday April 5,” the release added.
“All measures previously put in place, including re-distribution of supply from the Caroni Water Treatment Plant, introduction of temporary supply schedules, storage at critical service reservoirs, strengthening of the utility’s water trucking capacity and acceleration of leak repairs continue, pending the resumption of normal production from the Point Lisas Desalination Plant.”