WASA assures measures in place, in response to planned protest in Central and South

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WASA assures measures in place, in response to planned protest in Central and South

The Water and Sewerage Authority has assured that several measures have been initiated to address the challenges in Central and South Trinidad.

This is in response to news of a planned protest against watetr supply issues in Central and South Trinidad today.

In a statement the company said it received news of the protest which was planned for June 12, outside the company’s Central Office in Chaguanas.

However, the Authority, via a release, said it views this development as unfortunate considering its demonstrated policy of engaging all stakeholders in open, honest and meaningful dialogue.

“Prior to the onset of the 2024 dry season, the Authority in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service, collaborated on an approach in anticipation of a projected, harsh dry season.

“Issues including below average rainfall, climate change and its impact on the country’s water resources were presented to the public as the Authority activated a robust dry season water management plan.

“On Monday 13th May 2024, the Authority and the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service, hosted by the Ministry of Public Utilities, returned to the national community and advised of the impact of prolonged, harsh dry season conditions, with reservoirs well below their long-term averages.

“Mitigation measures announced at this press conference included:

-The immediate establishment of a Central Command Centre to monitor production and supply challenges on a 24-hour basis.

-Increased water trucking capacity with service centralized to the Command Centre with regional trucking schedules established.

-The Customer Call Centre now operational on a 24-hour basis to receive and address the needs of impacted communities.

-Three additional hotline numbers have been added and in operation between 10:00 pm to 6:00 am (463-8360/496-6738/709-7793).

-Supply redistributed from more resilient areas to adversely affected areas.

-DESALCOTT provided an additional supply to bolster southwest and south-central supply zones.

-Seven Seas Desalination contracted to increase production by an additional 300,000 gallons of water daily.

-National water supply schedules revised and published.

-Health institutions, senior citizen homes, schools and religious institutions remain a priority.

WASA said: “These initiatives provided support for the overall dry season water management plan for Trinidad and Tobago. Despite the challenges to areas including Caparo Valley, Waterloo, Freeport, Springvale, Dow Village, Debe, Clarke Road, Lower Barrackpore, Penal, Scott’s Road and others, the Authority has managed to navigate the dry season, and we now welcome the wet season where a complete recharge of our reservoirs is expected, upon which our pipe-borne delivery is anticipated to return to established schedules. Current supply schedules continue to be posted on the Authority’s social media platforms.

“The south and central supply zones continue to be at the forefront of planning at the Authority. In fact, several water supply improvement projects have already been completed and commissioned with a significant number of households now enjoying an improved pipe-borne water supply.

“Under the Community Water Improvement Programme (CWIP), a total of 11 projects were successfully completed across four phases of the programme, providing an improved pipe-borne water supply to a total of four thousand, eight hundred and forty (4,840) direct beneficiaries.

“Under the IDB, NWSIP, PSIP, and continuing under the CWIP programmes, additional projects will be executed to further improve the supply levels to our south and central zones.

“The Authority has in the past consulted with customers in Freeport, Chatham, Penal, Morne Diablo, Icacos, Corosal and several others. This practice of engaging our stakeholders will continue, as we seek to improve our service delivery to our customers, no matter their geographical location.

“The Authority wishes to state that as we transform into a modern, agile and responsive utility, this will be done in partnership with all stakeholders.

“All that is required is the will to engage in constant and meaningful dialogue.”