The Water and Sewerage Authority has stated that it wants to clear the air regarding various reports in the media concerning the availability of water, to fight the fire at Hearty Foods in Arima, on Tuesday.
In a release issued by the authority, it stated that as early as 4:40 am, the Authority’s System Operator personnel was in the vicinity of Hearty Foods and noticed smoke emanating from the building.
Steps were immediately taken to conduct operations that would boost the water pressure to the area, even before the arrival of Fire Service Officers.
It also revealed that by the time Fire Service Officers arrived to begin firefighting efforts, there was a pressure reading of 40 psi (pounds per square inch) in the immediate vicinity of the fire.
Notwithstanding this, the Authority said it also immediately took steps to call out the services of water trucks, in order to further supplement the available water supply to Fire Service Officers.
These efforts the authority claimed were however hampered by traffic restrictions, which delayed the first trucks arrival at approximately 7:00 am.
The release disclosed that throughout the course of the firefighting exercise, WASA personnel remained on site and in close contact with Fire Service Officials, as well as maintained the availability of a truck borne water supply with the arrival of several more tenders.