WASA: Vandalism affecting water supply in North East Trinidad

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 13:30

Parts of North East Trinidad are without pipe-borne water at present because of a problem at the  Aripo  Water  Treatment  Plant.

And an official statement from the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising that the issue won’t be fully solved until Thursday 13 February, 2020.

According to the statement, WASA says the disruption in the normal pipe borne water supply is due to the facility being out of operation, following an act of vandalism.

WASA says on Monday 10 February 2020, the Raw Water Station at the facility was found to have been broken into and a significant portion of the electrical panels, cables and wiring were either damaged  or  removed. 

In addition, the  Trinidad  and  Tobago  Electricity  Commission  (T&TEC)  reportedly suffered  loss  of  equipment  on  their  poles  in  the  immediate  area as well.

WASA says it is working with T&TEC to rectify these issues  and have the  facility  returned  to service by 6:00 a.m. on Thursday.

In order to mitigate the impact of this disruption, the water authority will be redirecting water supplies from other sources in North East Trinidad to provide a limited pipe borne water service to affected areas. A limited truck-borne water service also will be made available—with priority given to special homes, health care institutions and schools.

The affected areas include:

  • Santa Rosa Heights
  • Train Line Road off Pinto Road
  • Tumpuna Road between Henrise & Malabar Road Extension
  • Malabar Road Extension between Pro Queen Street and Ackbarali Trace


WASA says customers needing further information or assistance can contact the Customer Call Centre toll free, at 800-4420 or 800-4426.



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