Drought forces water rationing in areas of Georgetown

Last Updated on Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 18:32 by Denis Chabrol

Shelter Belt Water Treatment Plant, Vlissengen Road, Georgetown (Kaieteur News photo)

Shelter Belt Water Treatment Plant, Vlissengen Road, Georgetown (Kaieteur News photo)

Rationing of water being supplied to residents of Georgetown from the Shelter Belt Water Treatment Facility begins Wednesday night (3rd February, 2016) from 10 O’clock due to the current drought.

The Guyana Water Inc. explains that this is as a result of another decrease in the level of the East Demerara Water Conservancy (EDWC) due to the prolonged dry season.

As a result, GWI will be reducing service provided to customers of Georgetown via the Shelter-Belt Water Treatment Facility from 22:00hours (10:00PM), commencing today, Wednesday February 3, 2016.

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.

Customers country-wide are reminded to implement the following water conservation methods:

  • 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
  • IMMEDIATELY install ‘float-valves’ in water tanks to prevent overflows
  • Contact GWI IMMEDIATELY to report leaks detected in your community on 227-8701, 227-8703 or 227-8704

Customers with further questions can contact GWI’s Customer Services Call Centre on 227-8701, 227-8703 or 227-8704, e-mail or  Visit or post queries via social media:

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