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GWI urges conservation as Water conservancy dries up

With an ongoing dry spell expected to last until May of this year, the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) is urging that persons make water conservation a priority.

At a press conference today, GWI CEO Dr Richard Van West Charles stated that water levels in the East Demerara Water Conservancy (EDWC) were indeed low.

"This call is not only for Georgetown…we are asking residents to inform us as as soon as they observe leaks or breakages within the system," said Dr Charles.

He indicated too that while the water levels are low, GWI is attempting to address the situation with some immediacy.

In this regard, the water supply company will be pushing to rehabiltate three wells and build another to ensure that the water supply is steady.

He said "we will continue to monitor the situation as how this impacts the country."

The CEO noted too that "the pressures at the peak period of use will be maintained in the system…but conservation at this juncture is very important and therefore the citizenry needs to be involved."

It was noted that Georgetown uses some 50 megaliters per day and there is just about enough to meet that demand.

GWI is currently working with the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) to ensure that the dry spell does not have a severe effect on the water supply.

  • SYL

    Can the govt. explore the possibility of a desalination plant, its 2016.

    • waterman14

      SYL: A desalination plant is the most expensive of all the water supply alternatives available to the government. I’m assuming you know the meaning of the word GUYANA. That being said, your suggestion about the desalination plant to the government is equivalent to telling them to buy lumber from overseas to build houses That’s how ridiculous you sound.

  • waterman14

    Do you folks at GWI have a Water Supply Master Plan for the country to mitigate dry spells when they come around? I guess not. Jagdeo didn’t have one either!! You people really need some serious professional help. Good Luck.