Buxtonians urged to regularized water service or face the Courts

The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) is calling on Buxtonians to get their water services regularized and pay all outstanding monies owed to the company or GWI will be taking legal actions against violators of the law.

According to Managing Director of GWI, Dr. Richard Van West Charles, who was in the East Coast Village at the weekend, GWI needs the finances to conduct works. Approximately $6M is spent on electricity alone to power the water supply system in the community. There is currently $116M in debt in the community, with $89M of that debt belonging to unmetered customers.

Dr. Charles noted that that over the next two months, Buxtonians will be able to visit GWI’s office to have their service regularised and no court action will be taken against them. However, if after the two month period, residents are found with illegal connections, GWI will be moving swiftly to the courts.
Dr. Charles noted that over the next 6 months to a year, GWI’s team will be visiting individual homes to ensure that all leaks are addressed. Additionally, the utility will be installing meters in the community in order to tighten the system.

Buxton has benefited from increased hours of service and GWI will be working to further increase it to 24 hours by the end of 2018. The utility will also be working to clean the pipelines, which it has not managed to do consistently due to the intermittent supply of water in the past.
Recently as the water company sought to carry out works in the community, the transport vehicle which was used by the workers was tourched by angry residents.

 


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