DESALCOTT completes maintenance works ahead of schedule


Works at the Point Lisas Desalination Plant have been completed ahead of time.

According to a statement from the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA), maintenance works wrapped up on Thursday, five days ahead of schedule.

The water supply is now expected to be restored to affected areas over the next 48 hours.

During the period of the shutdown, DESALCOTT conducted necessary repairs and upgrades to critical equipment and systems, to ensure the reliability of operations at the plant for the upcoming 2020 Dry Season.

WASA: Reservoirs below average, water restrictions continue

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) says the existing Water Use Restrictions and revised water supply schedules that were implemented in keeping with its Water Supply Management Plan during the 2019 Dry Season, remain in effect.

WASA issued a statement Thursday saying that notwithstanding the commencement of the 2019 Wet Season as declared by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service, the intermittent showers experienced thus far have had no discernable impact on the levels at WASA's four main impounding reservoirs.

Ministers: No school closures over water for rest of this term

The Ministers of Education and Public Utilities have given assurances that water shortages will not prompt schools to close unexpectedly for the duration of the term, despite projections that the harsh dry season will continue into July.

Minister of Education Anthony Garcia met with Minister of Public Utilities, Robert Le Hunte, to review the protocols that ensure schools are prioritised in the water distribution schedule in effect nationwide.

Garcia says principals will have to alert the ministry at the end of the school day if there are supply challenges.

Patsy's daily water struggle

Every day be­fore she takes a bath or cooks her first meal for the day, pen­sion­er Pat­sy Thomas has an ar­du­ous task.

She must fill four buck­ets of wa­ter from a stand­pipe at King's Wharf, San Fer­nan­do a few hun­dred me­tres from her home.

While peo­ple look on with­out of­fer­ing any help, Thomas places the buck­ets in­to a shop­ping cart and labou­ri­ous­ly push­es it to her home.

Peo­ple seem blind to her strug­gles even though the city is bustling with mid-morn­ing traf­fic.

Pay your WASA bill or you'll be cut - Le Hunte

No pay, no wa­ter.

If con­sumers don't pay their wa­ter rate bill they'll be dis­con­nect­ed, says Pub­lic Util­i­ties Min­is­ter Robert Le Hunte.

Le Hunte gave this re­sponse to re­porters in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day af­ter Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress ac­tivist De­vant Ma­haraj called for peo­ple who do not get wa­ter to boy­cott pay­ing their wa­ter rate bills.

Residents drink boiled river water amid shortage in Tableland

The water crisis in Tableland is so terrible that Francisca Mendoza says she has had no other choice but to haul water from a river and push it uphill using a box cart so she can bathe her kids.

She was one of several people who came out to protest for water at Glod Road, Tableland on Tuesday. Mendoza said for the past two months she has not received a single drop of water in her taps.

The region which includes parts of the constituencies of Moruga/ Tableland, Princes Town, Mayaro/ Rio Claro and San Fernando East has been without water for more than two months.

Another water shortage for Central Trinidad Wednesday

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers in parts of Central Trinidad served by the Caroni Water Treatment plant, that there would be an interruption in their pipe borne water supply on Wednesday 1st May 2019, between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm.

WASA says this has become necessary in order to facilitate repairs to a defective valve off the Caroni South Trunk Transmission System, located along the Caroni South Bank Road, Kelly Village.

WASA: Deficit of 30 million gallons/day due to harsh dry season

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is reminding the public that the ongoing harsh dry conditions have significantly impacted water production at several of the authority’s water treatment plants throughout the country, which has resulted in a deficit of approximately 30 million gallons per day in water availability for distribution.

The statement comes as residents and business owners in parts of central and south Trinidad complained publicly about how the lack of water has been impacting their lives and businesses.

Three charged with stealing WASA water

Security officers attached to the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) have laid charges against three persons, for the illegal abstraction of water from WASA’s waterworks system, as well as illegal tampering with a fire hydrant, contrary to Section 6 of the Water Works Act 54:41.

The accused of Bagatelle Road, Diego Martin; Espanyol Street, Diego Martin and Fatima Trace, Paramin, Maraval, have each been served with summons to appear at the Port-of-Spain Third Magistrates Court on 24th May 2019, to answer to the charges.