Contractors can face up to $90k penalty for not adhering to GWI guidelines 

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Contractors who fail to consult with the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) before starting any construction work in and around Georgetown can face penalties ranging from $15,000 to $90,000.

This is dependent on the nature and/or magnitude of the offence, GWI said in a statement.

“We wish to take this opportunity to remind contractors of the need to consult with us prior to construction at building sites in and around Central Georgetown. This is necessary because of the location of our sewer chambers.,” GWI stated.

According to the statement, the contractor of the St Rose’s High School is being accused of allowing sand to enter the sewer chamber located in the area. GWI said this was a result of failure to engage with the agency. The school is being constructed by Shandong Degian International.

The buildup of sand in the chamber caused the sewer lines between Camp and Murray Streets to be blocked.

“…while at the school itself, the gully chambers were found packed with sand and construction debris,” GWI stated.

GWI explained that the situation was compounded by a large amount of solid waste in the manholes and street sewers.  Additionally, GWI stated that no backup of sewage was discovered in the school’s compound.

“Instead, the construction waste is what prevented toilets in the school from being flushed,” GWI said while explaining that when sewer chambers are blocked, it can eventually result in sewage backup into homes.

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