GWI dis­in­fects Ta­pakuma well af­ter Typhoid re­ports

Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL NEWS -

Fol­low­ing re­ports that some res­i­dents of Ta­pakuma, Re­gion Two, have con­tracted Typhoid, the Guyana Wa­ter In­cor­po­rated (GWI) has in­ter­vened to test and dis­in­fect the com­mu­nity’s well.

A GWI state­ment last evening said the re­ports from the Com­mu­nity Health Cen­tre in­di­cated that some 10 to 15 per­sons have dis­played symp­toms of Typhoid, with the ma­jor­ity test­ing pos­i­tive for the in­fec­tion.

It noted that vil­lagers re­port­edly prac­tice rain wa­ter har­vest­ing and dig their own ponds due to their re­luc­tance to use wa­ter supplied by a shal­low com­mu­nity well. The well, which was drilled by the re­gional ad­min­is­tra­tion, is sup­ported by aged in­fra­struc­ture and pro­duces wa­ter with high iron con­tent. GWI said it has since taken up the man­tle to rem­edy the sit­u­a­tion. “We have found that the dis­tri­bu­tion net­work is made up of in­ap­pro­pri­ately sized pipe­lines that were run im­prop­erly more than four years ago with no flush out points. High lev­els of iron com­pounded the sit­u­a­tion, caus­ing in­crus­ta­tion and a re­duc­tion in the di­am­e­ter of the pipes. This also re­sulted in per­sons at the end of the net­work re­ceiv­ing a low level of ser­vice,” it ex­plained.

It found too that the pho­to­voltaic sys­tem that pow­ers the sys­tem was also in­cor­rectly in­stalled.

It said ef­forts were made to up­grade the cur­rent net­work by in­stalling flush out valves, dis­in­fect­ing lines and re­duc­ing the iron con­tent in the wa­ter by flush­ing and rod­ding out the lines where nec­es­sary. The state­ment noted that two tres­tles, each bear­ing four tanks, were con­nected to the well.

It said GWI’s Re­gion Two work­ers

man­aged to clean only one set of tanks, due to their in­abil­ity to ac­cess the other tres­tle. The Toshao of the Ta­pakuma com­mu­nity com­mit­ted to get­ting the oth­ers cleaned.

The state­ment added that the team also in­ter­con­nected the line from the well to the out­let line from the over­head tanks, which helped with in­creas­ing the pres­sure to flush out the lines and ul­ti­mately im­prove the ser­vice level and wa­ter qual­ity. It said too that the Toshao was ad­vised to en­sure the tanks are cleaned ev­ery two to three months to main­tain the im­proved wa­ter qual­ity.

GWI also dis­trib­uted brochures on how to dis­in­fect the wa­ter by boil­ing and the rec­om­mended dosage of liq­uid bleach to add to wa­ter for house­hold use. GWI said it will mon­i­tor the wa­ter sup­ply sys­tem in the com­mu­nity so that the res­i­dents can con­tinue to en­joy im­proved wa­ter qual­ity ac­cess.

Work­ers clean­ing iron from in­crusted line (GWI photo)

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