Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is set to deliver on another major water improvement project in August 2013, when the new Pt. Fortin Desalination Plant comes fully on stream, delivering some 4.6 million gallons of water per day (mgd) into the utility’s distribution system. This, as WASA pursues its mandate of water security for every sector in Trinidad and Tobago.
The first release of 1.25 mgd will enter the system tomorrow, July 24th; and the plant will ramp up to its full operation capacity (4.6 mgd) by August, benefitting an estimated 31,000 domestic and industrial customers.
The areas receiving this new water will include Pt. Fortin; Techier Village; Lot 10, Parrylands; Guapo; Vance River; Sobo Village; La Brea and the La Brea Industrial Estate as well as other large users such as Petrotrin and Atlantic LNG. Customers in these areas who in some instances are presently receiving a one and two day weekly supply will move either to a five day or full 24/7 supply by August 2013.
Construction of the Pt. Fortin Desalination Plant started in May 2012 with the aim of addressing the supply shortfall issues and the limited raw water sources within the Borough, as well as other communities in the south west region. When the Pt. Fortin Desal Plant is fully on stream the water that would have been transmitted to the impacted communities from the Caroni Water Treatment Plant will be diverted to other demand areas.
The country’s newest desalination plant, which was constructed by Seven Seas Water, under a Build-Own-Operate arrangement, is located on the compound of Petrotrin‘s Marine Terminal Facility, Pt. Fortin.
The country’s first desalination plant at Pt. Lisas, which is owned and operated by Desalcott, began operation in 2002 with a production of 24mgd.
– Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA)