The Guyana Water Inc (GWI) is taking steps to immediately clamp down on non-revenue water loss, particularly that caused by pilfering or metering inaccuracies.According to GWI’s Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles, plans are underway this year to install ultrasonic meters countrywide to alleviate the issue. “In 2017, we discovered a number of issues with people taking water illegally and it’s a good spectrum of people taking water illegally – those who live in opulence, those who are squatting, but these things we have to arrest…We have to meter the entire country if we are to reduce the non-revenue loss.”Dr Van West-Charles was at the time outlining the utility company’s 2017 year-end performance. He explained that the meters to be installed were proven successful during a recent pilot programme. “… these new meters are able to detect leaks in homes. It will also help us to become more efficient in meter reading.”According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), citizens are being encouraged to be responsible, report leakages and pay their bills in a timely manner, as these measures will assist the water company as it continues to upgrade its services. During 2017, GWI had embarked on purchasing and installing approximately 20,000 meters, but the process was delayed owing to issues with the procurement process. The Managing Director is optimistic that the full implementation of the devices will be achieved in 2018 and unmetered customers and those who require meters replaced will be the beneficiaries. The Government has indicated its commitment to support GWI as it aims to achieve universal access to safe and affordable drinking water. To this end, the sum of $3.2 billion was allocated in the 2018 National Budget for the water sector.
Transfers Benzema not interested in leaving ‘best club in the world’ Real Madrid Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 18:29 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Karim Benzema Primera División The Frenchman is not considering leaving the Santiago Bernabeu, at least not while he is a regular starter under Zinedine Zidane Karim Benzema has no interest in leaving Real Madrid because he considers Los Blancos to be “the best club in the world”.The French striker is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and is not expected to return before October, yet he does not believe there to be any threat to his place in the Zinedine Zidane’s starting line-up.Madrid allowed Alvaro Morata to depart for Chelsea during the transfer window, leaving them particularly thin in the central attacking role, meaning even less competition for Benzema. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing And the 29-year-old is confident he will stay at the Santiago Bernabeu for the foreseeable future.”It is the best club in the world,” he told BeIn Sport France . “It is a pleasure and makes me proud.”The expectations are very big and every season you start from scratch. You have to work to keep yourself at the highest level.”If you are a starter here, you do not need to go elsewhere. I think we are in one of the best stages of Real Madrid’s history.”The team is very strong, it’s not just a matter of those who are usually the starters; the substitutes also make a difference.”Benzema also spoke about Neymar’s world-record €222million switch from Madrid’s bitter rivals Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, calling the Brazilian’s decision “strange”.He added: “I will not say I was surprised, because he does what he wants, although it seemed strange. He will have his reasons, no doubt.”