4 homeless after D’Andrade Street home goes up in flames

first_imgA senior employee attached to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) and her three children are now forced to make alternative living arrangements after a fire of unknown origin swept through their D’Andrade Street, Kitty home on Sunday.At the time of the fire, Ruth Lee claimed that no one was at home, but residentsThe house after the fire on Sundayclaimed otherwise. They reportedly told media operatives that the woman’s daughter and two other persons were in the house when they observed smoke emanating from the upper flat of the building. They quickly rushed to safety.By the time residents rushed to the scene, the interior of the building was already engulfed, but the residents’ quick response meant they managed to save several nearby houses.Three fire tenders from the Central Fire Station responded to the report, with the firefighters without hesitation going into firefighting mode. After some time, the fire was contained to one location. Fire officials have launched an investigation into the blaze.last_img read more

Peace Region residents reminded to test private water systems regularly

first_imgNorthern Health is reminding Peace Region residents who use private water supplies to test their drinking water regularly.In a press release residents were told to also conduct an annual test for coliform bacteria and E. coli as well as a test for chemical parameters including arsenic every five years.While community-based water systems are tested regularly, private systems aren’t and it’s the homeowner’s responsibility to test them.- Advertisement -For those living in First Nations Communities, the First Nations Health Authority conducts regular tests to community water systems – including wells.The advisory is geared towards drinking water as there are no known health effects from hand washing, bathing, or washing clothing in water with an elevated level of arsenic.The release also warns that Peace Region groundwater can contain levels of naturally occurring arsenic, which is above the Canadian Drinking Water Guideline of 10 micrograms per litre.Advertisement If a resident using a private well receives a test that detects a high level of arsenic it is suggested that they conduct a second test to confirm the results. If the level is confirmed, they are then advised to contact an experienced water treatment professional and contain multiple quotes before purchasing a water treatment device. Some products may not remove arsenic from the water.last_img read more