The Grand Bahama Utility Company (GBUC) is encouraging East End residents, who previously had not enjoyed potable city water, to come into its Freeport office to apply for the service.
GBUC’s General Manager, Geron Turnquest noted that residents will be pleased with the services that the company is now proud to be able to offer them.
Phase One of the government’s East End Potable Water Project was officially handed over to the GBUC last week.
Phase Two of the project has since commenced and is, weather and other variables permitting, expected to be completed within 120 days.
Questioned about the process for residents to apply and have their water connected, Turnquest explained that they must first visit their Freeport office to apply for the service.
“Once persons get to the office they will be asked to fill out an application. That application will then be processed and they then receive a call from our office to come in to make a payment.
“For this particular project we will probably have it set up, where they will be able to pay in full or on a payment plan … we will offer that to them. What we want to do is get the customers on, once we get them on I am sure that they will really appreciate and enjoy the good water service that we provide,” he said.
“Presently they are on the wells, underground, and I am sure they are probably over pumped, unsure of the quality of water.
“Those are concerns that we have; therefore, we would like to stress that they do come in and sign up as quickly as they possibly can. We will try to work with them, in the best way that we can, to assist them and ensure they receive potable water as soon as possible. We are looking forward to them coming in, filling out the application and we will work with them,” he added.
“Phase Two is now from Bevans Town on to the Missile Base. That will pick up the Freetown Town area along with other towns along the way. Hopefully, in 120 days we will have that completed as well, so everyone will be able to access potable water,” revealed Turnquest.
Questioned if it is mandatory for residents to apply for the potable water through the GBUC or can opt to remain on well water using hand or electric pumps, Turnquest said, “They can stay on their wells, but we encourage them not to.
“We encourage everyone to come onto the city water supply, because there are concerns that the water quality can be contaminated because they may not be doing what they need to do in order to protect themselves.
“The city water is taken care of, it is chlorinated, tested and so forth. I think that they will find in the long run, it will be less expensive for them, if they come on. The running of an electric pump is very costly and they do break down from time to time, which results in having to purchase new pumps … they are very high maintenance.
“I am sure that they can go and talk to their friends in High Rock and other areas who have been enjoying the services for years.”
He noted that residents of High Rock enjoyed potable water services during and after the passing of Hurricane Matthew, thanks to the well-equipped system they have.
“It is because of this facility here, where we have a standby generator that automatically kicks in and provides water, as long as there is fuel inside the tanks, the system will continue to pump.
“I hope that we can get everyone to come on, because a lot of money was spent on the project. It was a pretty hefty project to get water from here; the government has spent a considerable amount of money to fund this project and we would like to see the folks here utilize it,” concluded Turnquest.
Published Wednesday, February 15, 2017