WASA has given the assurance that in spite of a planned nine-day maintenance shutdown at the Point Lisas Desalination Plant which began on Monday, all customers will receive a consistent water supply during this time.
WASA CEO Kelvin Romaine, during a press conference at the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago earlier today, said Desalcott is contracted to supply WASA with 40 million gallons for water per day, of which 12 to 15 million gallons are supplied to the industrial estate, with the remainder going to the domestic market.
While this deficit will negatively affect WASA, he said they expect to supplement that deficit with the Caroni Water Treatment Plant, Navet Treatment Plant and the Desalination Plant in Point Fortin.
The WASA CEO also assured customers who only receive truck-borne supplies that they would continue to receive a supply, and that truck-borne water also would be available upon request.
Desalcott’s Managing Director, John Thompson, explained that the plant has to shut down once a year for maintenance. Thompson said they will try to complete the work before the scheduled time, but noted the work is necessary to ensure the plant is reliable during the dry season.
The shutdown is scheduled to be completed on October 24th, 2023.