On Friday, the Department of Public Information, alerted residents in Barima-Waini, Region 1 that the Port Kaituma River has been compromised by mining operations in the area. Since the discovery, Guyana Water Incorporated has shut down the pump that draws water from the river.
The pumping station is the primary source of water for residents of Port Kaituma and surrounding environs.
GWI will recommence pumping water from the river as soon as they are given the approval from the Water Quality Department.
Meanwhile, GWI is providing potable water for residents at the Port Kaituma Pump Station until the water quality improves.