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Jun 11, 2019

Extended Drought Causing Water Woes in Georgeville, Cayo

Many communities and villages that rely on reservoirs to provide water to their homes have been experiencing issues as a result of the extended drought. Over the past few months, some residents would go a day or two without water and it has raised the ire of residents in Georgeville, Cayo. Over the weekend, our newsroom was contacted about the water shortage in the village. While it is being regulated by the recent rains; it is of concern for Water Board Chairman, Al Westby. He explains to News Five about the water woes in the village.

 

Al Westby

Al Westby, Chairman, Georgeville Water Board

“From experience what we learn is that the well tends to run a little low so the pump cannot sustain the filling of the tank so there is some issue where certain areas do not get the amount of water they should get. Sometimes it’s one of two days that they are out, three days. From what I learn, one area was out at least more than a week. Since last night, we met with the person in charge of rural development, Mister Banner, along with our board last night and we came up with different plans. But from experience, I asked him to let me run the pump last night. I ran the pump last night because we had very well rain yesterday and that contributed to filling back up the well. So I wanted to see if I was right in making that decision and low and below this morning, the area which is known as Taliban Hill. I met one of the residents up yonder and he said yes they had water—good pressure and everything. So I think what contributes is the drought.”


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