– cites non-compliance with regulations
The management of Seiko Garden Restaurant, located at Regent and Oronoque Streets in Georgetown, was yesterday ordered by the Mayor and City Council to close the establishment, after health workers descended upon the entity and discovered that its grease trap was not being cleaned regularly, causing the waste to clog up the drainage and sewer lines.
According to City Mayor Hamilton Green, several restaurants were given notices when they were found to be in violation of the relevant regulations that govern the restaurant business.
Adding that the establishments were given time to put their act in order, Green said if any restaurant that has been given notice did not comply, they will be closed for business.
GWI’s Public Relations Officer, Timothy Austin, said that in 2009, the management of Seiko Garden was given notice to place a grease trap in the restaurant to which they complied, however, they have not been cleaning the grease trap.
Austin explained that Cevon’s Waste Management and Puran Brothers are capable of cleaning grease traps, and GWI is responsible for cleaning the sewage chambers if they are clogged with fat and oil coming from the grease traps, but he stressed, “it is the responsibility of the food entity to maintain their grease trap….we are responsible for the sewer system”
Austin further disclosed that GWI is trying to keep track of all the restaurants with respect to the cleaning of their grease traps. And this is going to be done by keeping a log that would be used by Cevon’s Waste Management and Puran Brothers.
“Whenever a grease trap is cleaned the owner of the entity will be asked to sign the log that is returned to GWI.”
While reiterating that the management of Seiko Garden was not cleaning its grease trap, Austin said, GWI’s legal department issues warning letters to defaulting restaurants, informing them that they are in breach of the Water and Sewage Act 2002 Section 71, and would have to face the relevant penalties.
Residents in the area had complained that there was a pungent scent that came about as a result of sewage around the restaurant.
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