$32.7M water system commissioned at Monkey Mountain


Some 800 residents in the remote community of Monkey Mountain, Potaro – Sipuruni (Region Eight) can now boast of improved water supply.

On Monday, Minister of Housing and Water Collin Croal commissioned the $32.7 million Water Supply Improvement Project in the village.

“This signals the fulfilment of our People’s Progressive Party/Civic government to develop all communities. When we speak of development, we also refer to your social upliftment and so the delivery of water to villages such as yours is a necessity,” the minister stated.

The new well was drilled through rocks at a depth of 100 meters in central Monkey Mountain, where the schools and health centres operate. It now provides access to 95 per cent of residents.

Previously, the community utilized an existing gravity-fed system, which deteriorated and could not supply adequate water. This system supplied water to the central area, while Section Two, which is approximately 2 kilometers away, has a separate system that pumps water from a nearby creek. The expansion of the new system is currently being explored.

The new Monkey Mountain Water Supply Improvement Project

“This system belongs to all of you, it is important to the village and as such, I ask that you care for it as best as you can,” Minister Croal urged residents in his closing remarks.

Community Service Officers will also be trained in water system operation and maintenance to assist in the management of the project.

Director of Hinterland Services at the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), Mr. Ramchand Jailal, further explained that the new well is equipped with a photovoltaic pumping system, with a submersible pump, controller, solar panels and accessories.

Residents gathered during the commissioning ceremony

The project was completed by R. Kissoon Contracting Services. Other works included the installation of 3000 meters of 50mm (2″) polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes & 1000 meters of 19mm (3/4″) pipes with 80 service connections.

A reinforced concrete base was also constructed to accommodate four No. 450-gallon storage tanks and galvanized chain-link fence around the well and photovoltaic system.

Overall, Region Eight is slated to benefit from major investment in the water sector, as the Minister noted that the government aims to increase coverage from 60 per cent to 80 per cent over the next few years.

Regional Chairman, Mr. Headley Pio; Deputy Regional Executive Officer, Mr. Louis Kilkenny and representative of the contracting service, Mr. Rudranauth Roopdeo were also at the commissioning. (Ministry of Housing press release)

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