Dec 29, 2009 News
Although some residents of Anna Catherina, West Coast Demerara, are currently unable to access water from the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) new main, it may not be entirely the fault of the water company.
According to Divisional Manager, Aubrey Roberts, the Region Three division had some time ago transferred customers living within the Edinburg area of that community to a new main intended to reduce the potential of leaks and tampering.
However, some residents he said, for one reason or another, were not connected to the new main.
It was however, only last week that those residents, Roberts disclosed, felt the impact of not being connected to the new main as GWI had then sought to disconnect the old main.
And this situation he speculated may have been caused due to some residents’ failure to honour the payment of their water bills or simply because some may have been away during the transfer process.
Several residents have stated their concerns and at least four were advised to visit the head office of the water company yesterday.
But according to Roberts, those residents who have been paying their bills on a continual basis or have since settled their account with GWI could simply visit the Divisional Office at Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara, in order to give their location so that they too could be connected.
But according to GWI Public Relations Officer, Timothy Austin, most residents of the small community have been connected to the new main as the water company, through a community meeting last January had informed them of the intended change.
That forum, he said, was followed by loud speakers passing through the area reminding residents of the disclosed plan.
Austin is however suspicious that those that have not been connected are persons who had built homes in the area and recently moved there thus they have never had a paid connection.
He, as a result, is urging affected residents to visit GWI in order to regularise their service.
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