State utility WASA (the Water and Sewerage Authority) is feeling the effect of four days of almost non-stop rainfall in the country.
WASA, in a press release yesterday, said the rainfall has impacted operations at some of its water treatment facilities. This includes the shutdown of several Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) throughout North Trinidad due to a number of issues such as turbid river conditions, clogged intake screens and power failures.
Affected facilities the North Oropouche, Tompire, Matura, Aripo, Quare, Guanapo, Luengo & Naranjo, Maraval, Blanchisseuse, Las Cuevas, and La Fillette WTPs. Areas affected as a result are Toco, Rampanalgas, Salybia, Manzanilla, Sangre Grande, Malabar, Maloney, La Horquetta, San Rafael, Arima, Maracas St Joseph, Maraval, Blanchisseuse, Las Cuevas and La Fillette among others. The affected facilities are expected to return to service when conditions normalize at various locations.
In view of this situation, WASA said that customers are advised to manage their water use efficiently, as it may take up to 24 hours thereafter for the restoration of their scheduled pipe borne water supply. The Authority wishes to assure customers that the water currently being supplied through its distribution system complies with the Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality of the World Health Organisation and is safe for use.
For further information or assistance, customers are asked to contact WASA’s Customer Call Centre toll free at 800-4420/26.