Desal Plant at 50% Capacity

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By Sue-Ann Wayow

THE Point Lisas Desalination Plant, one of the main plants servicing residents in South and Central with water, is operating at 50 per cent capacity.

This is due to an electrical problem at the plant.

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) advised customers of the problem on Sunday.

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WASA stated that the facility was restarted at approximately 7 pm on Sunday and was currently operating at 50% production capacity or 20 million gallons per day (mgd). 

Operations at the plant had stopped at 2 pm on Saturday.

WASA stated that the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (DESALCOTT), owner and operator of the plant, has advised the Authority that it was still working towards correcting the electrical issue affecting operations at the facility, and will further increase its production and water delivery at the earliest. DESALCOTT normally supplies WASA with 40 mgd.

WASA stated, “The Authority will continue to liaise with DESALCOTT regarding the completion of repair works and provide further updates. In the interim, the Authority will continue to supplement the supply shortfall by utilising water from the Caroni and Navet Water treatment Plants, as well as the Point Fortin Desalination Plant, while also ramping up its truck borne water service.”

The many areas affected range from Caroni to Debe.

Affected customers are reminded that a limited truck borne service is available upon request. 

This can be requested through the following self-service options: WASA Services App available via the Play Store or Apple store; or Customer Portal available on the Authority’s website:

Alternatively, customers requiring direct assistance or further information can contact WASA’s Customer Call Centre toll free at 800-4420/4426. 


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