Berbice power problem affects water supply

Stabroek News
January 15, 2000

The Guyana Water Authority (GUYWA) is apologising for the "considerable disruptions" to water supply in Regions Five and Six in particular, due to problems with the national power company's operations.

In a press release the regional water authority said: "This has resulted from widespread power failures that affect our electrically operated power stations. The majority of our facilities depend on the availability of a stable and reliable power supply in order to meet the demands of our customers.

"While we are cognisant of the hardships this situation imposes there is little we can do to provide immediate relief to the many consumers who are consequently deprived of a potable water supply... With its limited resources, GUYWA operates generating sets at a few locations. It is our intention to examine the possibility of relocating some of these units in order to assist in powering our pumps at those areas hardest hit by the current crisis."

A release from GPL yesterday stated that repairs to a 5 MW generating set at Canefield are complete and that the commissioning checks will allow for the gradual addition of power up to 50% of capacity.

And in a related matter, GUYWA is claiming that a "power surge" in Kingston on Thursday morning knocked out a main control switch rendering the company's telephone system non functional. The press release stated that customers in Georgetown should call 70598.

Public Relations Officer Marjorie Chester said that she knew of a problem in Kingston at the said time but was unaware of any power surge.

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