The Public Utilities Ministry says a technical problem, which developed on Wednesday has forced a shutdown of the DESALCOTT plant at Point Lisas.

It explains that the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago, which owns and operates the plant, is currently engaged in assessing the extent of the problem in order to effect the necessary repairs.

The Ministry pointed out that as a result, a number of areas in Central and South Trinidad may experience interruptions in their water supply.

The affected areas include: Caroni, Charlieville, Cunupia, Couva, Marabella, San Fernando, Union Hall, Woodland, Phillipine, South Oropuche, Avocat, Penal, Rousillac, La Brea, St. Helena, Chaguanas, Carapichaima, Claxton Bay, Gasparillo, Cocoyea, La Romain, Palmiste, Rambert Village, Fyzabad, Siparia, San Francique and Aripero.
The Ministry notes that it is working closely with WASA, to minimize the impact to the affected areas.

A limited truck borne water service will be available with priority given to special homes, health care and educational institutions.

WASA will continue to provide regular updates on the situation as they become available.