Gonzales apologises for Desalcott’s “unfortunate” decision to shut down at this time

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Gonzales apologises for Desalcott’s “unfortunate” decision to shut down at this time

Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales is today apologising to the country, for the poor decision made by the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Desalcott), to temporarily shutdown its plant at Point Lisas for scheduled maintenance works for ten days.

This shutdown is taking place while several communities are in need of water to clean up after floods.

Gonzales had initially instructed WASA to discuss the rescheduling of the maintenance works with Desalcott, given the unusual and extreme circumstances faced by the general public as a result of high levels of rainfall accompanied by flooding in some parts of the country.

But on Monday, Desalcott, said it was going ahead with the “much-needed annual maintenance works” as planned from November 29 to December 8.

Gonzales said such a shutdown is not advisable at this time given the adverse weather conditions affecting so many of the communities throughout the nation and particularly in Central and South Trinidad.
He also apologised to the public for the inconvenience.

Desalcott’s Point Lisas plant currently provides 40 million gallons per day to the Point Lisas Industrial Estate and augments the water supply to areas in Central and South Trinidad.

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