Water Supply Situation

The Water and Sewerage Authority (the Authority) advises customers throughout Trinidad and Tobago that the prevailing Dry Season conditions have been negatively impacting production at several of its water treatment facilities throughout Trinidad and Tobago. As such, the Authority has had to make necessary adjustments to its 2020 Water Supply Management Plan.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has forecasted below normal rainfall for the period March to May 2020 and no meaningful rainfall has occurred thus far for the month of April 2020. This follows on significantly below normal rainfall recorded for March 2020 at the Authority’s water treatment facilities with deficits of 48.4%, 45.1%, 15.6%, 23.3% and 8.9% at Arena, Navet, Hollis, North Oropouche and Hillsborough respectively when compared to the Long Term Averages (LTAs).

The table below illustrates the current storage levels at all of the Authority’s impounding reservoirs against LTAs.

Facility Lake Height Long Term Avg.
Hollis 46.98% 56.76%
Arena 44.00% 67.93%
Navet 51.36% 56.76%
Hillsborough 75.37% 66.93%

With three out of our four reservoirs below long term average capacity at this time and significantly lower river flows at several surface water treatment plants, overall water production continues to be negatively impacted. Currently, overall water production has been reduced by approximately 40 million gallons per day (mgd), with the following water treatment facilities being most severely affected: Caroni, North Oropouche, Navet, Hollis, Tompire, Llengo & Naranjo and Acono in Trinidad; as well as Courland and Hillsborough West in Tobago.

In light of this situation, customers in several communities particularly at the extremities or high points of the above-mentioned water distribution systems, have been adversely affected. However, the Authority has been implementing various measures keeping with our Water Supply Management Plan, to help mitigate the impact of the shortfall in water production. These include adjustments to the water supply schedules, which will be published on the Authority’s website and social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and increased water trucking, particularly to communities at the extremities and high points of the distribution system.

The Authority wishes to assure customers that it continues to manage the water supply and demand to ensure the sustainability of supplies to our customers to assist with the fight against the Covid-19 virus. Customers are however encouraged to manage their water use wisely by engaging in proper water conservation habits and comply with the water use restrictions which continue to be in force.

Corporate Communications Department
April 17, 2020