Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) chairman Romney Thomas yesterday apologised to thousands of students, citizens and the business community who were adversely affected by a disruption in water supply following the rupture of a major pipeline along the Beetham Highway.
Several schools were dismissed early again yesterday as a result of no water in the lines, while some businesses and offices in the capital city closed their doors as well.
The 36-inch pipeline burst on Sunday and left thousands of citizens without water for two full days.
The pipeline, which services the East-West corridor and almost 250,000 customers, was finally repaired at 8.30 am yesterday. At first, Thomas said WASA thought they would have been able to repair the line in a couple of hours but it took longer than expected. Although the line was eventually fixed, several people took to Facebook yesterday to complain that they were still faced with dry taps.
“We are very sorry that this had to occur. I want to apologise. It was really unavoidable. We have done our best to try and minimise the disruption to the public,” Thomas said.
Thomas’s apology came a day after Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte also apologised for the inconvenience caused as a result of their dry taps.
Yesterday, Thomas said water was being gradually introduced into the repaired pipeline.
“We are back up to full volumes right now, but it is taking a little while to charge back up the line properly. As the water goes around the route people are using up water. So it would take a while for it to come back to a normal level and for us to restore the schedules.”
Thomas said he expected water to flow normally through taps by last evening.
Some of the areas affected as a result of the leak were Cocorite, Morvant, St Augustine, Beetham Gardens, Mt D’or, Bamboo, El Socorro, Port-of-Spain, Curepe, Valsayn South and Santa Cruz.
Thomas said WASA still delivered truckborne water to some schools and senior citizens who needed water. Water was also provided to some hospitals to ensure that healthcare workers carry out services to patients.
Thomas said it would cost WASA billions of dollars if they were to change all its old pipelines.