Unplanned Desalcott shutdown leads to water disruption for Central, South Trinidad

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    An unplanned shutdown of the Desalcott Desalination Plant has led to a disruption in the water supply to parts of Central and South Trinidad.

    According to WASA, a leak has developed on the fiberglass clearwell system at the Plant.

    It says an assessment is underway to determine the full extent of the damage, after-which an estimated timeframe will be given for the completion necessary repair works.

    Desalcott supplies 40 million gallons of water daily to WASA, which is used to supply the Point Lisas Industrial Estate and augment the supply to areas in Central and South Trinidad.

    To mitigate the effects of the supply shortfall, WASA says it will implement the following temporary measures:

    • Increased production and re-distribution of supply from the Caroni and Navet Water Treatment Plants
    • Implementation of adjusted supply schedules
    • Increased water trucking capacity
    • Special emphasis and arrangements to supply schools, health institutions, homes for aged and other special needs organisations

    Areas to be affected include:

    Caroni, St. Helena, Charlieville, Chaguanas, Cunupia, Carapichaima, Couva, Claxton Bay, Marabella, Gasparillo, San Fernando, Cocoyea, Union Hall, La Romaine, Woodland, Palmiste, Phillipine, Rambert Village, South Oropouche, Fyzabad, Avocat, Siparia, Penal, San Francique, Rousillac, Aripero, La Brea.