The fire hydrant system in Georgetown and other parts of the country, which has been in a state of despair for several years, could soon benefit from an upgrade under a revamping project.
The Guyana Water Inc. (GWI) and the Guyana Fire Service held discussions on Wednesday, geared towards finalizing how the revamping process will be undertaken.
GWI’s Public Relations Officer, Timothy Austin, confirmed that the process has already started and technicians from the utility company have already commenced inspection works on hydrants in Georgetown.
“They are checking to determine how many fire hydrants are not working and how many would require maintenance and rehabilitation,” Austin told News Source during a telephone interview.
He said the plan is to rehabilitate hydrants throughout the country, but the efforts will first start in the city. The PRO stressed that it was a collaborative effort between GWI, the Fire Service and other stakeholders.
“GWI is still in discussion with the Fire Service but we are giving our full support to the initiative,” he added. Austin could not say which entity will finance the project. For several years the fire hydrant system has been in poor shape and neither the City Council nor GWI has accepted responsibility for its upgrading.
The large number of non-functional hydrants made fire fighting difficult. Firemen would be forced to find alternative sources because of the many not working hydrants across the country.
Citizens have been calling for action to be taken to rejuvenate the fire hydrant system.