Danger lurks at GWI Central Ruimveldt Treatment plant
Guyana Water Incorporated, GWI, is concerned about recent and on going acts of trespassing at the Company’s Central Ruimveldt Water Treatment Plant, which is currently in the final stages of completion.
Having made several attempts to stop this practice that can prove harmful to human life and limb the company says that it is now prepared to take harsh legal action.
The Company states that it has observed youths of the Central Ruimveldt community as they continually destroy portions of the perimeter fence surrounding the facility in their efforts to gain access.
The company also points to eyewitnesses’ accounts of children riding bicycles and performing stunts in one of the facility’s most hazardous areas, the “backwash lagoon”. Project Manager, GWI, Ramchand Jailall, said, “The backwash lagoon contains harsh chemicals which can cause severe harm should they come in contact with human skin.”
The Project Manager stated that the GWI team, as well as the contractor responsible for the project, has made numerous appeals to residents to guard against children entering the compound of the facility.
“Residents were warned of all the dangers…we have installed warning signs in several locations including the perimeter fence which continues to be recklessly destroyed by youths attempting to gain entry,” Jailall stated.”
The Project Manager also stated that the “backwash lagoon”, which is the area that attracts most of the attention by trespassers, is highly dangerous.
“In addition to containing harmful chemicals,” advised Jailall “the lagoon is 19 feet deep, and should a child fall, this could most certainly lead to death.”
The Company has engaged the assistance of the community police force, which visited the facility while residents were trespassing. However, warnings from the police have gone unheeded. Young people were observed trespassing just one day later.
A police raid was conducted on Wednesday, January 27 and 25 persons were arrested but children were still seen repeatedly breaching the perimeter fence just one day after the raid.
Eyewitnesses have also stated that the site has become a location for a number of illegal activities including gambling.
In addition to performing bicycle stunts within the “backwash lagoon”, youths were also seen gambling and playing loud music around the area of the lagoon.
GWI’s Chief Executive, Yuri Chandisingh, has offered a stern warning to trespassers. “GWI is prepared to partner with the police force to eradicate all acts of trespassing at the facility,” stated the CE, “we have made several attempts to warn residents and to prevent them from entering the compound, however they continue to break the law and put their own lives in danger.
The Company is prepared to take harsh legal action.”