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Monday, October 23, 2017

Several areas in North Trinidad are expected to be without a water supply as the Water and Sewerage Authority’s (WASA) treatment facilities have been adversely affected due to the heavy rainfall over the past few days.

According to a release issued yesterday, several of the water treatment plants have been shut down due to a number of issues, such as turbid river conditions, clogged intake screens and power failures.

The affected facilities include: North Oropouche, Tompire, Matura, Aripo, Quare, Guanapo, Luengo and Naranjo, Maraval, Blanchisseuse, Las Cuevas and La Fillette.

The affected areas have been identified as: Toco, Rampanalgas, Salybia, Manzanilla, Sangre Grande, Malabar, Maloney, La Horquetta, San Rafael, Arima, Maracas St Joseph, Maraval, Blanchisseuse, Las Cuevas and La Fillette.

“The affected facilities are expected to return to service when conditions normalise at the various locations,” WASA said in its release. People are being strongly advised to manage their water use efficiently, as it may take up to 24 hours for the restoration of their scheduled pipe borne water supply, the release stated.

The authority, however, assured customers that the water currently being supplied through its distribution system complies with the guidelines for drinking water quality of the World Health Organisation and is, therefore, “safe for use.”