MORE than 500,000 people in South and Central Trinidad will be impacted by a shortage of pipe-borne from September 30 when the Desalination plant goes down for maintenance.
The plant will come back up on October 16.
During a press conference held at Desalcott in Point Lisas on Thursday, its general manager John Thompson said, “From September 30 we will be ramping down and we have extensive maintenance to do to ensure the reliability of the plant for next year’s dry season.
“As usual, we will be doing extensive electrical work throughout the plant, infrared and ultrasonic surveys. We will also be doing a major job on storage tanks through which all the water flows before being sent to WASA.”
The affected areas include Caroni, St Helena, Charlieville, Chaguanas, Cunupia, Carapichaima, Couva, Claxton Bay, Marabella, Gasparillo, San Fernando, Cocoyea, Union Hall, La Romaine, Woodland, Palmiste, Phillipine, Rambert Village, South Oropouche, Fyzabad, Avocat, Siparia, Penal, San Francique, Rousillac, Aripero and La Brea.
WASA’s Chief executive officer Dr Allan Poon King advised citizens to stock up on drinking water.
He said, “Store what you can receive from WASA before and during. Our schedules will be amended and will be published on the WASA website and Facebook page and Twitter.”
Poon King noted that the hosepipe ban instituted by WASA in January 2019 remains in effect.
Poon King said Desalcott provides 40 million gallons of water daily to WASA.
He said in order to mitigate the effects of the supply shortfall on its operations, Poon King said WASA will be increasing production and redistribution of water supplies from the Caroni and Navet Water Treatment Plant.
“Navet is operating at 50 percent of its capacity and Caroni will be put at optimum level as well to ensure we can supply and meet the schedules,” Poon King said.
He said Tropical Storm Karen did help the level at the reservoirs.
Poon King said, “In terms of volumes, Arena which supports the Caroni plant rose .5 feet equivalent to 250 million gallons of water, Hollis rose by three feet and Navet rose by one foot, equivalent to 100 million gallons of water.”