Hillsborough Dam upgrade to boost Tobago’s water supply by 2019

Tobago’s water supply is set to be significantly increased by the end of the year 2019 with the commencement of upgrade works on the Hillsborough Dam, Mt. St George, Tobago, the THA Division of Settlements Urban Renewal and Public Utilities said yesterday.

The dam which was commissioned in 1952, has been the major source of drinking water for the island of Tobago, having the largest water storage capacity on the island.

However, for a significant period of time, the dam has been storing thirty percent below its intended capacity of 220 million gallons of water.

Nine water treatment plants shut down following overnight rain

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is  advising customers that heavy overnight rainfall has negatively impacted operations at several of its surface water treatment facilities.

This has resulted in the shutdown of several Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) throughout North Trinidad due to various issues including turbid river conditions, clogged intake screens and power failure.

The affected facilities include the Tompire, Matura, Aripo, Quare, Guanapo, Caura, Luengo & Naranjo and Acono WTPs.

Six water treatment plants affected by overnight rains

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers that heavy rainfall overnight has impacted operations at some of its water treatment facilities.

This includes the shutdown of several Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) in North Trinidad, due to a number of issues such as turbid river conditions, clogged intake screens and power failures.

The affected facilities include Matura, Aripo, Quare, Guanapo and Lluengo & Naranjo WTPs.

Some of the areas affected include:

Salybia, Valencia, Santa Rosa Heights, parts of Arima and Maracas, St. Joseph.

WASA debunks WhatsApp message on water situation

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) says it has noted the continued circulation of an erroneous WhatsApp voice message stating that “half of the water treatment plants have been shut down due to dirty water and the other half would be shut down in a matter of hours”.

WASA notes that it has issued updates on the status of its Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) and, at the height of the heavy rainfall, a maximum of 17 were affected – 11 in Trinidad and six 6 in Tobago out of a total of 78.

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.

Water disruptions in Diego Martin, Petit Valley on Tuesday

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers in parts of Diego Martin and Petit Valley served by the Four Roads Pumping Station that there will be a disruption in their pipeborne water supply on Tuesday October 16, 2018 between the hours of 9:30 am and 5 pm.

WASA says this has become necessary in order to facilitate interconnection works at the Four Roads Pumping Station.

The affected areas will include:

WASA assures water problem resolved

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising that the water supply has been restored to most affected communities in North Trinidad, served by the Caroni Water Treatment Plant following completion of repairs to the ruptured 36-inch diameter transmission main along the Beetham Highway on Tuesday.

However, WASA says some areas will experience low pressures and in some cases, no water due to above normal demand.

WASA fixes broken main but it may take 36 hours to normalise supply

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers in parts of North Trinidad who have been impacted by the ruptured 36-inch diameter transmission main along the Beetham Highway, that repairs, have been completed.

WASA says the re-commissioning of the system commenced around 8.20 am but it is advising customers that it may take up to 36 hours for the scheduled pipe-borne service to be normalized to some areas.

It says a limited truck-borne water service is available with priority given to special homes, health-care and educational institutions.