water truck empties water

water wasting: A water truck empties water into a drain on Beach Road, Santa Flora, on Republic Day after its back wheel sank into a ditch on the side of the road. South Trinidad has been experiencing severe water shortages that are expected to continue with the impending maintenance shutdown

of the desal plant. —Photo: Andrea De Silva Viarruel 

SEVERAL hardware stores across the country were getting customers coming in to purchase plastic water sto­rage tanks yesterday. It followed the announcement by the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) and the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Desalcott) of a planned shutdown of the Point Lisas desal plants from Monday until October 16.

From 600-gallon water tanks all the way up to 1,000-gallon ones, hardware owners said they were seeing a consistent flow of customers, and they expected this to continue this weekend.