Two plants back in operation but water supply problems to continue

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers affected by disruptions at several Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) caused by recent heavy rainfall that work towards normalising service is continuing.

WASA says that through those efforts, the Guanapo WTP in Trinidad and the Richmond, Hillsborough West, Highlands Road and Kings Bay WTPs in Tobago having been put back into operation.

Plants which continue to be affected include the Caroni, Quare, Tompire and Matura WTPs in Trinidad and the Charlotteville Intake in Tobago.

The Caroni WTP is experiencing mechanical problems following the heavy rainfall and is currently producing 59 million gallons daily (mgd) (as compared to normal production of 75 mgd) while the other facilities remain out of operation.

Areas affected include those supplied by the Caroni WTP - Santa Cruz, Belmont, Morvant, Cascade, St. James, Cocorite, Kelly, Caroni, Chaguanas, Longdenville, Couva, Carapichaima, Claxton Bay, Gasparillo, Marabella, Pleasantville, San Fernando, La Romaine, South Oropouche, Siparia, Debe, Penal and La Brea and those supplied by other facilities including Valencia, Toco, Matura and Salybia in Trinidad and Charlotteville in Tobago.

WASA is seeking to reassure customers that the water currently being supplied through its distribution system continues to be in compliance with the Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality of the World Health Organisation and is safe for use.

It says that if an interruption in supply was experienced in areas which were flooded, customers are advised to boil water which is to be used for drinking, food preparation or personal hygiene.

Alternatively, household bleach can be used to sterilize water by adding four (4) drops of bleach per gallon of water (equivalent to 125 millimetres of household bleach to 400 gallons of water). If bleach is used, water should be left to sit for one hour before use. 

In cleaning of premises which were flooded, disinfectants (household disinfectants or bleach) should be used to sterilize areas which may have been contaminated by overflow of septic tanks or sewers. 

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