Residents of Non Pariel, Section C Enterprise, and some parts of the Venezuela Housing Scheme (Melanie) on the East Coast of Demerara have expressed disgust over the non-delivery of water to their taps for the past four days by the Guyana Water Inc (GWI).
Claiming that many of them could not had wash, cook or have a proper shower since Sunday, the disgruntled residents accused the GWI of showing total disregard for their health and wellbeing, since no announcement had been forthcoming from the company.
Several others told this publication that they had initially thought that their water services were disconnected, so they went in to the Melanie office to pay their arrears along with the reconnection fee. But upon payment, they learnt that their service was not disconnected, and that there was an undiagnosed problem with the pump.
However, a source at GWI’s Melanie office told the Guyana Guardian that there is an issue regarding efficient power supply to the pumping system at the well, and the nature of that issue would have required the attention of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) before services to the affected communities can be restored.
They added that in despite of the fact that the power company was made aware of the issue, they are yet to have the power supply issue resolved.
But after becoming wary of the delayed assistance from the GPL, the source added that GWI was forced to resort to a backup-electrical generation system which the company was still installing up to press time today.
They have since told this publication that water supply to the affected communities should be restored by this evening.
UPDATE: Checks by the Guyana Guardian at around 6pm this evening has since revealed that the GWI had indeed fixed the issue as several residents have confirmed that water is flowing again through their taps.