Low voltage to blame for Berbice water woes – GWI

GWI’s Executive Director of Operations Dwayne Shako (at left) and GWI’s Managing Director, Dr. Richard Van West Charles at the press conference yesterday

The Guyana Water Inc (GWI) yesterday blamed water supply problems currently being experienced in Berbice on low voltage and appealed to Berbicians to be patient as the company works with the Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) to ensure that water is restored to every part of the county shortly.

According to GWI’s Managing Director Dr Richard Van West-Charles, residents between New Amsterdam and Number 69 Village, Corentyne, have been having difficulties in terms of continuous access to water. However, Van West-Charles said that after an examination of their infrastructure and the electrical and mechanical systems, it was discovered that the issue was because of low voltage from GPL to nine pump stations and two treatment plants. It was noted that GPL has indicated that the issue should be fixed before the end of the weekend or by early next week.

“The generation and the quality of the power coming in from GPL has not been at the optimum level for our infrastructure to respond, that is, the pumps within the pumps stations. Hence, we have the readings which clearly show the voltage fluctuations way below what is required for the pump to effectively function in these nine pump stations and also at the treatment plants,” he told a press conference at the New Amsterdam Town Hall yesterday…..

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