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2016 Schedules

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WATER SUPPLY PLANS IMPLEMENTED
FOR 2016 DRY SEASON

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) has commenced implementation of its 2016 Water Supply and Conservation Plan with the aim of prudently managing the country’s available water resources. The plan keeps in view the statement issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) on January 11th, 2016 which announced the start of the 2016 Dry Season and stated that conditions over the period were expected to be harsh, with longer periods of consecutive dry days than usual. In a subsequent advisory, TTMS also announced that several Caribbean territories including Trinidad and Tobago, are on a drought alert for the coming months of the Dry Season.

It is important to note that the current forecast follows below normal rainfall during the early months of the 2015 Wet Season, which has negatively impacted the replenishment of the Authority’s main impounding reservoirs in preparation for the 2016 Dry Season.

To mitigate against these impacts, the Authority has begun implementation of its Water Supply and Conservation Plan, which includes the redistribution of water from unaffected areas with high pressures, to more water stressed areas located on the periphery of the distribution system. To this end, the following Revised Water Supply Schedules will take effect from March 1st, 2016.

Helpful Conservation Tips

  • Don’t leave the tap running while washing dishes; fill your kitchen sink instead.
  • Use a broom instead of the hose to clean your driveway.
  • Don’t defrost foods with running water. Place frozen items in the refrigerator overnight or use the defrost setting on the microwave.
  • Shorten your showers to between 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.
  • Use less soap when washing and cleaning, since more soap requires more water to rinse.
  • Fix leaking faucets and plumbing. A small drip from a faucet can waste as much as 20 gallons of water a day.
  • When using your washing machine, wash only full loads.
  • Use laundry rinse water to wet plants.
  • Use a bucket instead of a hose to wash your car.
  • Repair leaking toilets. Add some food colouring to the water in the tank; if colour appears in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak.
  • Water plants during early morning hours or at night, when temperatures are cooler. This reduces evaporation.
  • Install float valves in your water tanks or ensure that existing valves are working properly. Float valves shut off the water supply to the tank when it is full, preventing wastage.