The Project is part of a US$31.6M loan from the Inter-American Development Bank and the European Union, which has also seen the construction of similar plants at Diamond, East Bank Demerara and Sheet Anchor, East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six) and the upgrading of pressure, quality and continuity of water supply in Georgetown.

Billion-dollar water treatment plant commissioned at Uitvlugt; 21,000 residents to benefit

Over 21,000 residents of Region Three are set to benefit from improved quality and supply of water following the commissioning of a $1.2 billion water treatment plant at Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara.

Loading...

The Project is part of a US$31.6M loan from the Inter-American Development Bank and the European Union, which has also seen the construction of similar plants at Diamond, East Bank Demerara and Sheet Anchor, East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six) and the upgrading of pressure, quality and continuity of water supply in Georgetown.

The loan also caters for the reduction of the level of Non-Revenue Water in the listed areas, improving access to adequate sanitation in the areas and the strengthening of the GWI’s performance in its operational and management water supply practices.

MUST READ  Suspect who allegedly killed man who told him not to enter yard, slapped with manslaughter charge
Loading...

At the Commissioning ceremony, Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joe Harmon said GWI must be commended for its efforts in taking service to the people.

 “Politicians should understand that service to the people is his [or her] primary responsibility and duty. I hail from this region and therefore any improvements to the quality of life of the people, I cheer. The GWI has been on a trailblazing expedition in this country. What we have been seeing in the GWI is attention to the smallest man irrespective of where they are and it’s in keeping with the mandate given by President David Granger that the quality of life enjoyed by those in Georgetown must be the same quality of life that is enjoyed by every citizen and they have taken that mandate seriously,” he said.

Loading...

 Harmon reminded that water is a human right and not a privilege and the Government must ensure that the provision of this service is afforded the priority it deserves. He added that as the Government embarks on building communities throughout Guyana, GWI while providing this service to existing areas must also plan and ensure that the new areas allocated for housing are provided with water before citizens move into their homes.  

MUST READ  16 Civil Society bodies unite against gas-to-shore project

“You have a right to a high quality and good quality of water. It is a human right. It is not something that is a privilege. We consider this to be part of the quality of life that people are entitled to. As we embark on the ‘Decade of Development’ and the abolishment of squatting, the GWI has an additional task now: [it] must plan ahead for where human settlements will be so that you don’t wait until a house is there before water can go there. A community requires certain facilities to be there before you go there to live so certainly the GWI must now sit and plan with Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) and the Ministry of Communities and recognise that they have to plan the orderly development of these communities,” he said.

Loading...

 The Chief Executive Officer of GWI, Dr. Richard van West-Charles said the new water treatment plant will serve residents in the areas of Hague Backdam, Cornelia Ida, Anna Catherina, Leonora, Stewartville, Uitvlugt, Zeeburg, De Willem, Meten-Meer-Zorg and De Kinderen. The residents will now get a supply of water 24 hours per day. Previously, many of the areas got water on a shift system.

MUST READ  Charity woman on bail for ganja possession

The GWI Chief Executive said the residents will benefit from the use of treated water, water that is free from iron and pathogenic organisms and other contaminants and is safe for drinking purposes and household usage.

Loading...

He also noted that with the construction of water treatment plants, GWI has purchased two well drilling rigs, which will arrive this month, one of which will be sent to the hinterland and the other will be utilised in Georgetown. These rigs, he said, will see wells being drilled at Farm, East Bank Demerara and Central Georgetown, among other areas and this will ensure that almost every area is served on a 24-hour basis.

Loading...

Leave a Reply