Emergency shutdown at Pt Lisas Desalination Plant

(Photo Courtesy: www.desalcott.com)

The Water and Sewerage Authority (the Authority) advises customers in parts of Central and South West Trinidad, who are experiencing a disruption in their pipe borne water supply that this is due to mechanical and electrical problems at the Point Lisas Desalination Plant resulting in the facility being out of operation.

The Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago – DESALCOTT owned and operated Plant, normally supplies WASA with 40 million gallons of water per day (mgd), which is used to supply the Point Lisas Industrial Estate, as well as augment the supply to areas in Central and South West Trinidad. This disruption will therefore significantly impact the Authority’s water distribution capacity to customers.

DESALCOTT is currently assessing the extent of the problem and will be working to complete repair works in the shortest time possible. Further details on the duration of this disruption will be provided in a subsequent update.

Areas affected include:

Caroni                            St Helena
Charlieville                     Chaguanas
Cunupia                         Carapichaima
Claxton Bay                   Marabella
Gasparillo                       Vistabella
Gulf View                        Union Hall
La Romaine                    Palmiste
Phillipine                         Rambert Village
Woodland                       Fyzabad
San Francique                Cocoyea

In order to mitigate the effects of this supply shortfall on operations, the Authority will be implementing re-distribute supply from its Caroni and Navet Water Treatment Plants, as well as the implementation of temporary supply schedules. Customers are asked to manage their water use efficiently, as it may take 24 to 36 hours for the supply to normalize to some affected areas, after the Plant returns to full operation.

For further information or assistance, customers are encouraged to contact WASA’s Customer Call Centre toll free at 800-4420/26. A limited truck-borne water service will be available with priority given to special homes, health care and government institutions.

The Authority apologizes for the inconvenience caused as a result of this situation at the Desalination Plant.

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