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WASA: Filtration system problems at Desalcott

By Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com

A problem with the filtration system at the desalination plant in Pt Lisas is the reason why thousands of consumers in South and Central Trinidad will once again have an inconsistent water supply.

Yesterday, the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) issued a press release   advising customers of the temporary water supply schedule.

The communities to be affected for the next two weeks are St Helena, Caroni, Charlieville, Cunupia, Chaguanas, Carapichaima, Point Lisas Housing Development, Roystonia, Claxton Bay, Marabella, Gasparillo, Gulf View, La Romaine, Phillipine, Woodland, San Francique, Fyzabad, Vistabella, Union Hall, Palmiste, Rambert Village and Cocoyea.

The Desalination Plant at Point Lisas is owned and operated by the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Desalcott).

Ellen Lewis, WASA’s head of Corporate Communications, said Desalcott, which has been supplying WASA with an average 32 million gallons of water a day (mgd), announced a cutback in production to 27 mgd, for the next 14 days. 

She said: “This situation has had an adverse effect on WASA’s overall supply position. It is not a major challenge but it will take some time to clear up.”

Last November, WASA had said by January this year, the plant’s daily output would have been increased to 40 mgd.

Yesterday Lewis said plans for that expansion were pushed back to March because Desalcott needed more time.

Just before the Divali holiday last year, customers faced an irregular supply of water due to emergency work at the plant. Then in November, Desalcott announced a planned shutdown to facilitate the plant’s expansion.

A complete listing of temporary water schedules is expected to be published in the daily newspapers, starting from today. It will also be available on WASA’s website and its Facebook page.

For further information customers can call  800 4420/26.

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