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.