The Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (DESALCOTT), was yesterday in the process of assessing the full extent of the damage due to a leak that has developed on the fibreglass clearwell system at the plant requiring emergency repairs. This issue will cause an unplanned shutdown of the plant with thousands to be affected.
WASA is advising customers in parts of central and south-west Trinidad served by the Point Lisas Desalination Plant.
Affected areas includes: Caroni, St. Helena, Charlieville, Chaguanas, Cunupia, Carapichaima, Couva, Claxton Bay, Marabella, Gasparillo, San Fernando, Cocoyea, Union Hall, La Romaine, Woodland, Palmiste, Phillipine, Rambert Village, South Oropouche, Fyzabad, Avocat, Siparia, Penal, San Francique, Rousillac, Aripero, La Brea.
Desalcott supplies 40 million gallons of water daily to WASA which is used to supply the Point Lisas Industrial Estate, as well as augment the supply to areas in central and south Trinidad.
WASA has put the following measures in place to help deal with the shortfall caused by the unplanned shutdown: Increased production and re-distribution of supply from the Caroni and Navet Water Treatment Plants; Implementation of adjusted supply schedules; Increased water trucking capacity; Special emphasis and arrangements to supply schools, health institutions, homes for aged and other special needs organisations.