Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) on Friday said it will soon commence works to the tune of $7M to improve the water supply in River’s View, Region 10.
This is in keeping with a promise made by the company’s Chief Executive Officer Shaik Baksh when he visited the village at the invitation of Toshao, Melena Pollard.
Funding for the implementation of the project in the community of approximately 1100 residents was acquired from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) under the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme.
The contract was on Thursday, October 28 handed over to the Village Toshao by the CEO who expressed his appreciation to UNICEF for the assistance to promote good hygiene and improved water supply.
GWI’s Executive Director of Hinterland Services, Ramchand Jailal explained that the River’s View project will entail the installation of almost 4 kilometers of pipelines, the activation of 2 new wells and the installation of new Photovoltaic systems.
These works will be executed by a GWI in-house team in close collaboration with the River’s View Village council and are expected to be completed by the end of November, 2021.
River’s view currently only has one well in operation. This well, which is equipped with a submersible pump, is solar powered and serves a section of the community.
Toshao Melena Pollard expressed gratitude to GWI for the intervention in her community which she says relies heavily on rainwater, but suffers in the dry season.
Therefore, she said that the village is grateful that with the Government’s intervention through GWI, more residents will be able to access potable water.
Mr Baksh said there are some riverain communities are not receiving potable water supply from GWI and the company is working to ensure 100% access in those communities irrespective of population size
Baksh added that the company is well prepared to bring 100% access to potable water in all hinterland areas within the next three years. He attributed this readiness to the capability of the GWI team as well as a robust Hinterland Development Strategy.