Contractors, who fail to adhere to Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI)’s guidelines and policies can face penalties ranging from GYD 15,000 to GYD 90,000, depending on the nature and/or magnitude of the offence.
The entity is reminding contractors of the need to consult with it prior to construction in and around Central Georgetown. This is necessary, the company said, given the location of sewer chambers.
Recently, failure to engage the company for guidance before construction at the St. Roses High School resulted in sand entering the sewer chambers. The company said that this led to a blockage to the sewer lines as far as Camp and Murray Streets, while at the school itself, the gully chambers were found packed with sand and construction debris. The situation was compounded by the presence of a large amount of solid waste in the manholes and street sewers, which was seemingly entered by way of littering,” the company further stated.
It added that contrary to reports in sections of the media, no sewage was found in the school’s compound. Instead, the construction waste is what prevented toilets in the school from being flushed, GWI noted.