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Port Kaituma River remains contaminated

aaa1Three weeks later and Port Kaituma residents are still struggling to obtain potable water as the Port Kaituma River is still contaminated. Today Richard Allen a resident of Port Kaituma told Capitol News that residents are paying as much as $5,000 to transport water to their homes.

Allen a former Member of Parliament for A Partnership for National Unity said he is still awaiting word from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission on when they will begin cutting a trail to locate the source of the pollution in the Port Kaituma.

Allen said while mining is being conducted on both sides of the Kaituma River, the pollution originates from the right bank of the river.

GGMC wardens Allen said informed him that, they were awaiting word from their superiors at the Brickdam head office on what will be done.

So far GGMC has not indicated that if the commission will be sending to the site to investigate the mining activities in the community.

There are reports that the hospital and schools in the community will also be affected.

Residents in the mining community have been sourcing water from nearby creeks, a well operated by the Guyana Water Incorporated or rainfall.

The Port Kaituma River is the main source of water in the community. GWI through its pump station supplies water to hundreds of residents, while close to eighty families living along the banks of the river draw water directly from the river.

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