The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) says it had to shutdown operations at its Caroni Water Treatment Plant at Piarco when an oil-like substance was observed in the Caroni River, above the raw water intake.
WASA says operations were stopped at around 11:20 a.m. when the substance was noticed. After closely monitoring the river to ensure that the oily substance had cleared, the plant was restarted at at around 2:15 p.m. The Authority said that none of the oil-like substance entered the plant, as tests carried out at their lab confirmed that the supply is safe. WASA says that in keeping with established protocols for incidents of this nature, the Environmental Management Authority was informed.
As a result of the temporary stoppage customers in the following areas of North, Central and South Trinidad were affected:
Parts of Piarco; St Augustine; Curepe; Champ Fleurs; Mt. D’Or; Farm Road, St Joseph; Petit Bourg; Valsayn South; Bamboo; Mt. Hope Hospital; Aranguez; San Juan; El Socorro; Santa Cruz; Morvant; Barataria; Laventille; Beetham Gardens; Gonzales; Belmont; Port of Spain, Cascade; Cocorite and Western Main Road, St James
Central and South Trinidad:
Caroni North and South Bank Road; Cunupia; Endeavour; Chaguanas; Jerningham Road;
Lange Park; Longdenville; Felicity; California; Caroni Savannah Road; Korea Village; Bank Village; Waterloo; Carapichaima; St.Mary’s; Mc Bean; Couva; Windsor Park; Esperanza;
Claxton Bay; parts of Philippine; Debe, Penal; Siparia; Fyzabad
This is the second such occurrence to affect operations at the Caroni Plant this year, following a similar incident on 25th February 2015.
WASA says that it may take up to 12 hours for the water supply to normalise in some areas.