Water Supply Situation – Tobago

The Water and Sewerage Authority (the Authority) advises customers throughout Tobago that, the prevailing harsh Dry Season conditions have been negatively impacting production at several of its major water treatment facilities, namely Courland, Charlotteville, Hillsborough West, Richmond and King's Bay Water Treatment Plants. As such, the Authority has been implementing various measures in keeping with its 2020 Water Supply Management Plan.

Over the months March to April, 2020, there was a cumulative 70% shortfall in rainfall for Tobago, when compared to the Long Term Average. With no meaningful rainfall thus far in May, 2020, there have been significantly lower river flows at several surface water treatment plants negatively impacting overall water production. In light of this situation, customers at the extremities or high points of several communities are being adversely affected including Crown Point, Concordia, Plymouth, Canaan, Charlotteville, Betsy's Hope, Roxborough and Goodwood.

In order to help mitigate the impact of this shortfall in water production, the Authority has made adjustments to the water supply schedules for various areas in Tobago. This information will be available on the Authority’s website: www.wasa.gov.tt and Facebook page: WASA Trinidad & Tobago, effective Monday 18th May, 2020. The Authority has also increased its water trucking service and has been liaising with governmental representatives, in order to service affected customers.

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. The Authority will be stepping up its surveillance for compliance with the water use restrictions currently in force and pursuing prosecution under the Water and Sewerage Act Chapter 54:40 of persons found to be in breach of the said restrictions.

Corporate Communications Department
May 18, 2020