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Water ration for Carnival

By JULIEN NEAVES Friday, February 21 2014

AT the height of Carnival festivities with all the fetes and shows, a number of citizens of central and south west Trinidad will have to be watching their water usage as water scheduling by the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) may continue for the next two weeks.

The scheduling for a number of communities which began on Wednesday is due to reduced supply of water to WASA from the Desalination Plant at Point Lisas, due to problems with the filtration system at the plant. The plant is operated by the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Desalcott).

WASA head of corporate communications, Ellen Lewis told Newsday yesterday that they have a period of two weeks for “normalisation of service”.

“It is an enormous inconvenience to our customers when these interruptions occur in service, based on the operations of the Desalination Plant at Point Lisas,” she said.

The plant provides desalinated water to WASA which is then used to supply the Pt Lisas Industrial Estate, and to augment areas in central and south Trinidad.

WASA in a media release on Wednesday reported that the plant has announced a cutback in production from an average of 32 million gallons of water per day (mgd) to 27 mgd which has “had an adverse effect on WASA’s overall supply position”.

Lewis noted that WASA was “well prepared” to cater for planned interruptions “but to have a situation where the facility reduces production by five million gallons, would negatively affect our service to our customers is of course, a growing concern to us as a utility”.

She continued, “And going forward we would expect to see more reliability in the delivery of service from Desalcott.”

Lewis pointed out that from January, 2014, Desalcott was due to increase delivery of water to WASA to 40 mgd, but they have requested further time to complete expansion works, and the new date is March, 2014.

She noted that with the increase WASA will be able to improve their level of service to customers.

Attempts to contact Desalcott General Manager, John Thompson, yesterday were unsuccessful.

Back in January, 2013 there was a ten day shutdown of the plant, which saw WASA instituting temporary water supply schedules. Also in April, 2012 mechanical problems at the plant resulted in low water supply for customers in central and south Trinidad.

In the media release on Wednesday the Authority apologised for the inconvenience to its customers caused by the problems at the Desalination Plant.

The following is a list of the towns affected:

Caroni/St Helena Gulf View

Charlieville/Munroe Road Union Hall

Chaguanas La Romaine

Lange Park/Edinburgh/Montrose Palmiste/Phillipine

Cunupia Rambert

Carapichaima Woodland

Point Lisas Roystonia

Claxton Bay Marabella/Gasparillo

Marabella Vistabella/Tarouba

San Fernando Fyzabad/Thicke Village

Fyzabad San Francique

Cocoyea

For the full list of water scheduling you can check Authority’s website wasa.gov.tt or their Facebook page WASA Trinidad and Tobago.

For further information please contact WASA’s Customer Service Bureau toll free at 800-4420/26.

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