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2017 Schedules

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WATER SUPPLY PLANS FOR
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 2017 DRY SEASON

With the advent of the Dry Season 2017, the Water and Sewerage Authority (the Authority) has been implementing its 2017 Water Supply and Conservation Plan with the aim of prudently managing the country’s available water resources.

Though the levels at the Authority’s four main impounding reservoirs (Arena, Navet and Hollis in Trinidad and Hillsborough in Tobago) are all favourable at this time when compared to the respective Long Term Averages, Dry Season conditions are having a significant impact on several water sources.

To mitigate against these impacts, the Authority has begun the redistribution of water to more equitably distribute the reduced volumes available with a particular focus on customers on the extremity of the distribution system.

Customers in Tobago are advised that the existing water restrictions remain in force. The Authority continues to monitor its available water resources in Trinidad and Tobago and will institute water restrictions in Trinidad if necessary.

In view of this, customers are encouraged to use water wisely and conserve this precious resource, particularly during the Dry Season.

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.