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Blame game over Carmichael St Sewerage

aa5The health and wellbeing of city dwellers seems not to be a concern to the Georgetown City Council and the Guyana Water Incorporated.

Today Capitol News called both agencies to report  the raw sewage flowing along Carmichael Street from an old public convenience and officials at both agencies said they are not responsible. Ironically  this convenience is less than two hundred yards away from State house, the official residence of President Donald Ramotar, a stone’s throw away from the Cheddi Jagan Dental School and less than fifty yards from the Oasis Café.

An officer at the Environmental Health Department of the Georgetown City Council said despite the sewage originating from an old Public convenience once under the purview of the City Council, the sewerage system is not and as such we should make contact with the Water Company.

Contacted, an official at the Water Company said that was inaccurate given that the public convenience is the responsibility of City Hall and if City Hall needs assistance in cleaning the system, they will assist. The officer did however say the sewerage system is the responsibility of the water company.

The public convenience has been out of service for several years, with raw sewage running into the street with no attempt at a permanent solution from any of the agencies involved.

Recently there was a call to eradicate the breeding sites for mosquitoes which can spread diseases such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya among others, after a surge of the debilitating chikungunya virus in the city.

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