Over $80M in contracts signed to improve water supply in Kamarang and Jawalla

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An estimated $80 million will be spent to drill two wells and carry out additional works towards the delivery of potable water to the communities of Kamarang and Jawalla in Region Seven.

Minister of Housing and Water Collin Croal, who handed over the contract in the community of Jawalla, stated that the project will bring first-time access to hundreds of households.

“Delivery of safe water to communities is a priority for the PPP/C government, to enhance the livelihood of Guyanese, irrespective of their geographical location,” the Minister said.

He added: “We want to assure you that we’re at work and there is currently 80 percent coverage across the hinterland, despite geographical challenges.”

In the community of Kamarang, the Minister said that during needs assessments for Budget 2021, it was discovered that the area had no means for accessing potable water.

Through this new intervention, 90 percent of the community will be able to access potable water, including government buildings.

2. Housing and Water Minister Collin Croal, hands over the contract for the well at Kamarang to Toshao Lemmel Thomas in the presence of Member of Parliament Allister Charlie (left) and village councillors (Ministry of Housing and Water photo)

The contracts were handed over to the Toshaos in the presence of Member of Parliament and the Geographical representative of Region Seven Allister Charlie, GWI’s Hinterland Services Director Ramchand Jailall, regional representatives, and residents.

Mr. Jailall explained that the scope of works in Jawalla includes the drilling of a $39.9 million well; installation of 2000 meters of 50mm (2”) PVC pipes, and 1000 meters of 19mm (3/4”) pipes with 80 service connections.

In Kamarang, a $42 million well will be drilled; installation of 2500 meters of 50mm (2”) PVC pipes and 500 meters of 19mm (3/4”) pipes, with 50 service connections.

Both projects will also comprise of the construction of a 20-feet high elevated metal trestle with storage of four 450-gallon storage tanks; installation of photovoltaic pumping systems including submersible pump, controller, solar panels and accessories.

Drilling in Kamarang begins in one week, after which the rig will move to Jawalla by mid-September, and be completed in October.

A total of 3,000 residents are expected to benefit.

In 2022, the Minister stated that a number of new wells will also be drilled to improve hinterland services, signaling a $350 million injection by the Ministry since August 2020.

Minister Croal also used the platform to push the government’s agenda for herd immunity against COVID-19. Residents were also given an opportunity to raise a number of concerns in various sectors.

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