El Nino leads to decrease in water supply
-- Guyana Water Inc. announces new schedule for city

Guyana Chronicle
February 14, 2003

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THE Guyana Water Inc (GWI) has put in place a new schedule for water distribution in Georgetown.

In a press release earlier this week, GWI said their pumps will be operating daily from 05:00 hrs to 09:00 hrs; noon to 13:00 hrs; and 17:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs.

The water agency blamed the reduction in the water supply in the city on the effects of El Nino weather phenomenon.

It noted that 50 per cent of the water produced and distributed from the Shelter Belt Compound is from the Lamaha Canal, which is the surface source for Georgetown.

"The other 50 per cent is drawn from the ground water source, which comprises the artesian wells in the compound. However, as a direct result of the extended dry weather season, the level of the water in the East Demerara Water Conservancy of which the Lamaha Canal is an extension is lower than normal.

"This situation has had an effect on the water supply to the city," the release stated.

It continued: "Residents are advised that as a result of the existing situation, GWI will be distributing water to the city on a scheduled basis...GWI is appealing to residents to use water wisely and avoid wastage.

"Repair all leaking taps and faulty plumbing on your premises, turn taps off when not in use, monitor storage tanks when filling, to prevent overflows, and do not use tap water for agricultural purposes or where necessary, use a water can instead of a hose."

GWI said it regrets any inconvenience caused as a result of this natural weather situation.

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