Guyana Water Incorporated

GWI Boil Order

The Guyana Water Inc. (GWI) wishes to advise residents of flood affected areas that as a precautionary measure all water used for drinking and food preparation purposes should be boiled.

Customers can be assured that the water produced by GWI is fit for human consumption, but due to flooding precautionary measures are advised.

1. Boil water for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing fruits and vegetables. Pour the water into a clean pot and allow it to heat up and boil for at least 10-15 minutes. Then remove water from the heat, cover and allow it to cool before using.
2. Collect rainwater and store in clean containers. There should be a ready supply of stored water in each household.
3. This rainwater should also be boiled or treated with bleach. If treating with bleach, add one drop of bleach for each litre of water, then stir in bleach using a clean spoon and allow to sit for at least half an hour before using.

Remember that GWI’s water can become contaminated when flood waters seep into the pipelines. These floodwaters may contain sewage, seepages from pit latrines or animal faecal matter. All faecal matter contains germs which can cause water borne diseases such as typhoid, cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases. As such, it is also important to practice good hygiene measures such as washing hands with soap and water after using the toilet or handling faecal matter, when handling food, after blowing your nose and after playing with animals.

Our Customer Services Call Centre is located at Vlissengen Road and Church Street and can be contacted on telephone number 227-8701.

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