Jan 17, 2014 News
…encourages rainwater harvesting
In light of prevailing flood situation, Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) is advising customers residing in Georgetown and low-lying areas along the coastal region to implement full precautionary measures as it relates to safeguarding their water supply.
“Should your water supply be compromised due to flooding, ensure that all tap water intended for food and drink preparation and personal consumption (brushing of teeth etc.), is boiled for 15 minutes, Public Relations Officer of the entity, Timothy Austin urged.
Persons are asked to ensure that the boiled water, whilst cooling before use, is stored in a tightly covered container.
“Alternatively, water can be made safe by using household bleach. Add three to four drops of household bleach to each gallon of water. Mix well, and allow to stand for 30 minutes before use. Again, ensure that treated water is stored in a tightly covered container.”
In addition, GWI is also advising customers to practice rainwater harvesting so as to avoid contamination. It is however important to allow water to runoff from the roof for approximately thirty minutes before collection.”
Further, customers are advised to promptly repair all leaking pipelines within their premises.
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