Emergency shutdown at Pt Lisas Desalination Plant

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 a disruption in the operation of the Point Lisas Desalination Plant.

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 supply its customers.

DESALCOTT is currently assessing the extent of the problem to address same 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 re-distributing supplies 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 Point Lisas Desalination Plant.

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