THE Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is investigating an illegal discharge of water affecting the Caroni Water Treatment Plant and the Caroni River.
In a press release issued on Tuesday, WASA stated the illegal discharge was reason for a disruption in water services for customers in north, central and south Trinidad.
WASA stated that operations at the Caroni Water Treatment Plant were stopped at 7am on Tuesday due to extraordinarily high turbidity in the raw water in the Caroni River.
WASA stated, “The abnormally high turbidity in the Caroni River appears to be due to an illegal discharge upstream of the intake of the plant. The Authority is currently conducting investigations in the Caroni River Basin to determine the source of the discharge for action to be taken to address the situation.”
WASA continued, “Customers are advised that there has been no contamination of the supply leaving the plant as immediate action was taken to stop operations upon the deterioration in raw quality. The Authority expects to restore the plant to full operations as well as soon as the quality of the raw water in the Caroni River improves to permit treatment to potable water standard.”
Customers are being advised that it may take up to 48 hours for the pipe borne water supply to normalise to some areas.
A limited truck borne service will be available to affected customers with priority given to health institutions, government agencies and homes for the elderly.
Customers can call WASA toll free at 800-4420/26 for further information.
Affected areas include: Curepe, San Juan, Barataria, Laventille, Morvant, St. Ann’s, Cascade, Dibe, Long Circular, Port-of-Spain, St.James, Cocorite, Belmont, Gonzales, Malick, Caroni Village, Kelly Village, Cunupia, Chaguanas, Enterprise, Longdenville, Felicity, Carapichaima, Waterloo, St.Mary’s, Couva, California, Windsor Park, Claxton Bay, San Fernando, Marabella, Gasparillo, La Romaine, Debe, Siparia, South Oropouche, Rousillac, Avocat and Fyzabad.