As Guyana continues buckling down to the ongoing dry weather, the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) yesterday reported, yesterday, that there has been a marked decrease in the level of the East Demerara Water
As a result, from last evening GWI started reducing service to customers of Georgetown via the Shelter-Belt Water Treatment Facility- the reduction will be from 22:00hours.
“GWI customers are asked to store water in light of this advisory. Customers are reminded to ensure that water for food preparation, brushing of teeth, etc is stored in a tightly covered container to avoid contamination.”
GWI also reminded customers country-wide to implement a number of water conservation measures.
“Citizens are asked to check all internal plumbing for leaks (including toilet cisterns, taps, etc.); reduce the amount of times in which you wash your car, equipment, etc. with water supplied by GWI; desist from washing concrete surfaces (such as your yard or bridge) with water provided by GWI and immediately install ‘float-valves’ in water tanks to prevent overflows.”
Customers are also asked to contact GWI immediately to report leaks detected in the various communities.
A long dry spell that started from mid-last year is worrying authorities as thousands of farmers are affected.
Already, Government has warned rice farmers not to plant in the coming months as forecasts indicate it will be yet another few weeks before the rains come.
A number of measures have been announced to control waters to farms with the Civil Defence Commission called in to lend assistance to affected communities, especially in hinterland areas. Region Nine is reportedly one of the hardest hit areas.
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