WASA – reservoirs still below long term averages

    Hollis Reservoir (File photo)

    Three months into the Rainy Season, this country’s reservoirs are yet to show any signs of recovery.

    According to WASA, this comes despite what may be considered substantial rainfall in other parts of the country.

    The levels of storage and respective Long Term Averages (LTAs) at the four main reservoirs as at today – Monday 2nd September 2019 – are:

    Arena: 46.51%, LTA – 69.29%
    Navet: 32.59%, LTA – 70.25%
    Hollis: 22.77%, LTA – 68.85%
    Hillsborough: 55.60%, LTA – 69.17%

    WASA says while rainfall levels at Arena and Hillsborough Reservoirs were consistent with the LTAs, the Hollis and Navet Reservoirs received rainfall deficits of 85.6 mm and 113.8 mm respectively.

    As a direct result, production levels at both the Hollis and Navet Water Treatment Plants are still being maintained at approximately half of their capacity.

    Consequently, persons in parts of Arima and D’Abadie (served by the Hollis WTP), as well as parts of Tableland, New Grant, Princes Town and Mayaro (served by the Navet WTP) will continue to experience a reduced regularity of pipeborne water.

    WASA says it must maintain strict conservation measures given the prolonged impact of the harsh 2019 Dry Season and the current drier than normal Wet Season.

    As such, temporary water supply schedules, as well as the water use restrictions imposed in January 2019, remain in place until further notice.