Emergency shutdown of desalination plant puts 20 communities out of water

Twenty villages are experiencing water shortages due to an emergency shutdown of the Desalcott plant.

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers in parts of Central and South West Trinidad, who are experiencing a disruption in their pipe borne water supply that this is due to mechanical and electrical problems at the Point Lisas Desalination Plant, resulting in the facility being out of operation.

The Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago – DESALCOTT owned and operated plant, normally supplies WASA with 40 million gallons of water per day (mgd), which is used to supply the Point Lisas Industrial Estate, as well as augment the supply to areas in Central and South West Trinidad.

WASA says this disruption will therefore significantly impact the Authority’s water distribution capacity to customers.

DESALCOTT is currently assessing the extent of the problem and will be working to complete repair works in the shortest time possible. Further details on the duration of this disruption will be provided in a subsequent update.

Areas affected include:

Caroni

St. Helena

Charlieville

Chaguanas

Cunupia

Carapichaima

Claxton Bay

Marabella

Gasparillo

Vistabella

Gulf View

Union Hall

La Romaine

Palmiste

Phillipine

Rambert Village

Woodland

Fyzabad

San Francique

Cocoyea

IWASA says that in order to mitigate the effects of this supply shortfall on operations, it will be implementing re-distribute supply from its Caroni and Navet Water Treatment plants, as well as the implementation of temporary supply schedules.

Customers are asked to manage their water use efficiently, as it may take 24 to 36 hours for the supply to normalize to some affected areas, after the plant returns to full operation.
 

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