Following reports that some residents of Tapakuma, Region 2, Pomeroon Supenaam, have contracted Typhoid, the Guyana Water Incorporated has intervened to test and disinfect the well in the community.
According to reports from the Community Health Centre, some 10-15 persons have displayed symptoms of Typhoid, with the majority testing positive for the infection.
The residents of the area would normally catch rain water for consumption after they refused to use water from the community well.
According to GWI, the well, which was drilled by the Regional Administration, is supported by aged infrastructure and produces water with high iron content
GWI noted that the distribution network is made up of inappropriately sized pipelines that were run improperly more than four years ago with no flush out points.
High levels of iron compounded the situation, causing rust to build up in the pipe lines.
GWI workers in the region managed to clean one set of tanks, due to their inability to access another.
The Toshao of the village was advised to ensure the tanks are cleaned every 2-3 months to maintain the improved water quality they are now receiving.
GWI wishes to assure residents of Tapakuma that it will monitor the water supply system there so that they can continue to enjoy improved water quality access.