Wednesday 19th April, 2006


Desalcott improves capacity but WASA says woes will not end now

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Water supplies will return to normal across the country within the next four days, WASA’s general manager Wayne Joseph promised yesterday.

His comments came following complaints of water woes from people in the San Francique and Fyzabad regions.

Other areas of the country, including the North and Central, have also been affected by the problem, which developed because of a problem at the desalination plant in Pt Lisas. In a phone interview yesterday, Joseph said production at the desalination plant has begun to improve following an increased rate of water production.

“We have gone back up to production by some seven million gallons a day. Last week we were producing seven million gallons a day, but right now the production has gone back up to 14 million gallons a day,” Joseph said.

He added that within the next three to four days, production will resume to normal.

Joseph said water supplies were slowly returning to some areas.

“We are scheduling the water supply so that some areas will get water at nights and other areas will get water by day,” Joseph said.

He said that those areas which have not received water should contact WASA and request a truck-borne water supply.

Meanwhile at Wellington Road, water supplies resumed on Monday night. Residents stayed up late filling tanks. At Pleasantville, water also returned to the taps, but by morning it was gone.

Councillor for La Brea Junior Thompson, said residents who had been complaining of a lack of water last week received water as well.

Some parts of Penal, Claxton Bay and Gasparillo, however, were still without water. Fyzabad MP Chandresh Sharma said he received more than 100 calls yesterday from people who are without water. He called on WASA to immediately distribute truck-borne water to the people.

Last week, WASA issued a statement indicating that customers in North and South would experience an irregular water supply because of a major shortfall in water production at the desal plant.

The Desalination Company of T&T (Desalcott) is contracted to supply 24 million gallons of water a day.

Desalcott began experiencing problems at the facility on April 3 and the situation deteriorated, resulting in a production level of seven million gallons.

The matter was expected to have been rectified yesterday, but Joseph said it may take a further three days for production to return to normal.

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