(Trinidad Express) SEVERAL areas across the country will be left without a steady supply of pipe-borne water as a result of the shutdown of two major desalination plants later this month.
Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) head of corporate communications Ellen Lewis said yesterday maintenance works are expected to be carried out on the Navet and Caroni desalination plants, hence the reason for the shutdown.
The shutdown will take place from January 15 to 24. A press release from WASA stated the shutdown was also part of WASA’s Regional Dry Season Plan.
The plan will involve “re-allocation of supply from the Caroni Water Treatment Plant, managed diversion of supplies from other production facilities to supplement supply to certain areas of North, Central and South Trinidad, introduction of temporary supply schedules, system of storage at critical service reservoirs, increase in level of water trucking, leak management and system upgrades”.
WASA has asked that consumers reduce water consumption, address leakage problems, and have a back-up supply of water.
Areas to be affected in South-East Trinidad will include St Julien, Hindustan, St Mary’s, Buen Intento, Piparo, Mayo, Tableland, Malgretoute, Princes Town, Rio Claro, Brickfield, Tabaquite, Ben Lomond and Williamsville.
In the South-Western district, Cocoyea, Corinth, Ste Madeleine, Barrackpore, Rochard Road, Rock Road, Reform, Mon Stewart, Penal, Debe, La Fortune, Woodland, Gulf View, La Romaine, Phillipine, Palmiste, Duncan Village, Rousillac, La Brea, Vance River, Square Deal, Sobo, Vessigney, Union, Siparia, Erin, Robert Hill, Avocat, Fyzabad, Thick Village will be affected.
In the South-Central zone, water supply will be interrupted in Caroni, St Helena, Cunupia, Felicity, Las Lomas, Chaguanas, Carapichaima, Claxton Bay, Marabella, Gasparillo, Vistabella, Tarouba, San Fernando.
And in the North, Champs Fleurs, Santa Cruz, Cascade and Morvant will be inconvenienced.
Truck-borne water will be supplied to these areas during this period.
The desalination plants are owned by the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (DESALCOTT).
Attempts to contact DESALCOTT yesterday were futile.
Anyone wishing to get in contact with WASA can call 800-4420 or 800-4426.