Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) is advising residents in Low Coastal Regions across the country to implement precautionary measures in the event of excessive rainfall and flooding.
The water company recommends that in the event of flooding, persons should ensure that all tap water intended for food, personal consumption, and brushing of teeth is boiled for 15 minutes.
It was also noted that that boiled water should be cooled before use while being stored in a tightly covered container.
Customers are advised to use buckets with covers only to avoid the contamination of water which is stored within the home.
GWI also recommended that water can be made safe by using household bleach. Householders were directed to add three to four drops of household bleach to each gallon of water; mix well and allow to stand for 30 minutes before use.
An advisor also cautioned that treated water should be stored in a tightly covered container, and that residents should practice rainwater harvesting. To avoid contamination, water should be allowed to run off from a roof for approximately 30 minutes before collection.
In addition, customers are reminded to practice hand washing with soap or using hand sanitizers after coming in contact with flood waters, especially before eating meals or after using the toilet and cleaning babies.
Further, customers are advised to promptly repair all leaking pipelines within their premises. For further information customers are advised to call our Customer Services Call Centre on 227-8701.
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