600-plus illegal water connections found countrywide
Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has uncovered in excess of 600 illegal water service connections following the launch of its “Stamp Out Tampering” Campaign.
According to GWI’s Billing and Revenue Control Manager, Julie Ragnauth , the company has received reports of an alarming number of illegal connections country-wide including Georgetown , namely in areas of Festival City, Tucville and North and South Ruimveldt .
In Berbice, illegal connections were most prevalent in the areas of Tain and Clifton, Port Mourant and the delinquent customers sanctioned with tampering penalties.
The Billing Manager further disclosed that the water company was appreciative of the large number of customers who reporting illegal connections and indicated that the significant response may lead to an extension of the campaign which commenced in July, 2012 and offers customers reporting illegal activities a cash reward which is credited to their GWI water service account.
During the first week of the campaign, the company waived all tampering charges which resulted in a tepid response from customers with illegal connections. However, the number of customers reporting illegal connections within their community was significant.