The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers in parts of central and south-west Trinidad served by the Point Lisas Desalination Plant, of an unplanned shutdown at the facility yesterday due to a leak that has developed on the fibreglass clearwell system at the plant requiring emergency repairs.
WASA said that the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (DESALCOTT), was yesterday in the process of assessing the full extent of the damage, after-which an estimated timeframe will be given for the completion necessary repair works.
WASA said it will provide a subsequent update, regarding the estimated completion time and restoration of normal service, when this information becomes available.
Desalcott supplies 40 million gallons of water daily to WASA which is used to supply the Point Lisas Industrial Estate, as well as augment the supply to areas in central and south Trinidad.
WASA said this shutdown will directly impact the pipe-borne water supply to communities in these areas.
However, it said that to mitigate the effects of this supply shortfall on operations, it will implement the following measures for the duration of the shutdown:
· Increased production and re-distribution of supply from the Caroni and Navet Water Treatment Plants;
· Implementation of adjusted supply schedules;
· Increased water trucking capacity;
· Special emphasis and arrangements to supply schools, health institutions, homes for aged and other special needs organisations.
Areas to be affected include:
Caroni, St. Helena, Charlieville, Chaguanas, Cunupia, Carapichaima, Couva, Claxton Bay, Marabella, Gasparillo, San Fernando, Cocoyea, Union Hall, La Romaine, Woodland, Palmiste, Phillipine, Rambert Village, South Oropouche, Fyzabad, Avocat, Siparia, Penal, San Francique, Rousillac, Aripero, La Brea.