WASA instals new pipeline to supply more homes in southeast Trinidad

The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

WASA Caroni water treatment plant. – File photo

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is installing one kilometre of 12-inch diameter pipelines from Williamsville Junction to Ecclesville to help with water-supply issues.

The authority says it has also been providing people in these areas with a supplementary truck-borne water supply to alleviate the effects of the lower available supply.

This comes after WASA said it was experiencing challenges with maintaining a consistent pipe-borne water supply in southeast Trinidad, including Ben Lomond, Ecclesville and Williamsville.

In a statement on Sunday, the authority said customers in these areas received their supply from the Navet Water Treatment Plant , whichwas being affected by the harsh dry season, like all its other major surface-water treatment plants.

“This situation has resulted in production at the Navet facility dropping to 14.9 million gallons per day (mgd), down from its normal 19.8 mgd. This has impacted negatively on the authority’s levels of service to customers at the extremities and elevated areas of the pipeline network,” it said.

It added on January 13, WASA gave a comprehensive overview of the dry season on its surface-water treatment facilities, which led to a 35-million gallon per day water-production deficit.

The pipelaying works were being done by WASA through the Ministry of Public Utilities Community Water Improvement Programme and were expected to be completed in two weeks.

“The authority assures customers that it remains committed to maintaining open lines of communication with all stakeholders including parliamentary and local government representatives,” on supply issues in these areas and  a supplementary truck-borne service where required, it added.