WASA forced to temporarily shut down Caroni Water Treatment Plant

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    Parts of North, Central and South Trinidad are seeing a disruption in their water supply, after operations at the Caroni Water Treatment Plant were stopped at 7am today.

    According to WASA, this decision was taken due to extraordinarily high turbidity in the raw water in the Caroni River.

    What’s more, it says the abnormally high turbidity appears to be due to an illegal discharge upstream of the intake for the plant.

    It expects to restore the plant to full operations as soon as the quality of the raw water in the Caroni River improves, however it did not state when this will be.

    WASA says it is currently conducting investigations in the Caroni River Basin to determine the source of the discharge for action to be taken to address the situation.

    It assures there was no contamination of the supply leaving the plant as immediate action was taken to stop operations upon the deterioration in raw water quality.

    As a result of this situation, the following areas will experience a disruption in their service:

    North Trinidad: Curepe, San Juan, Barataria, Laventille, Morvant, St. Anns, Morvant, Cascade, Dibe, Long Circular, Port-of-Spain, St. James, Cocorite, Belmont, Gonzales and Malick.

    Central and South Trinidad: Caroni Village, Kelly Village, Cunupia, Chaguanas, Enterprise, Longdenville, Felicity, Carapichaima, Waterloo, St. Mary’s, Couva, California, Windsor Park, Claxton Bay, San Fernando, Marabella, Gasparillo, La Romaine, Debe, Siparia, South Oropouche, Rousillac, Avocat and Fyzabad.

    WASA says it may take up to 48 hours for the pipe borne water supply to normalize to some areas after the facility returns to operation.