Better water for 10,000 ECD residents with US$8M treatment plant


Some 10,000 residents living between Coldingen to Haslington on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) will soon benefit from improved water quality as the government moves to establish a new treatment plant at Bachelor’s Adventure, ECD.

Poor quality of water, rich in iron content, was a major issue raised by residents of Melanie Damishana, ECD, during a government outreach in the community on Saturday.

Minister of Housing and Water Collin Croal revealed that as soon as August 08, during the next sitting of the National Assembly, the government will be asking for another $3.8 billion to allow the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) to construct a number of water treatment plants on the coastland.

Minister of Housing and Water Collin Croal (left) engages residents of Melanie Damishana, East Coast Demerara (ECD), during the government outreach activity (Photo: July 30, 2022)

“… we have USD $8 million budgeted for a new water treatment plant to come right here,” Croal said.

That treatment plant, according to him, will see about 10,000 residents living from Coldingen to Haslington, ECD benefiting from improved water services.

Meanwhile, Croal acknowledged that the poor quality of water is a big problem along the entire coastland. In fact, he said only 52 per cent of the coastland receives treated water.

But in three years’ time, Croal promised that about 90 per cent of the coastland will receive treated water as the government plans multibillion dollar investments in treatment facilities.

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