Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) is reminding the general public that tampering with its infrastructure is punishable by law. This reminder comes in light of a recent discovery that a water company, Arctic Waters, has been filling its 10,000 gallon (approximately) capacity truck with water from a fire hydrant for sale to its customers.
The GWI said that its officials witnessed the company doing so today, from a fire hydrant located in Garnett Street, Kitty, Georgetown.
“Arctic Waters, in committing such action, has evaded paying some $6,750 per tank of water and the utility will be taking strict actions against them for this illegal activity,” the GWI said in a statement today.
GWI said that it is condemning the actions of “rogue officers” within
the Guyana Fire Service (GFS), who seek to condone and assist in such activities, as was also witnessed by officials from the utility.
The GWI said that fire hydrants exist only for use in the event of a fire and emergency cases where GWI sees fit based on its own assessment.
Tampering with GWI’s infrastructure attracts a fine of $30,000 for residential
customers and $65,000 for non-residential customers.