$60M water distribution system commissioned at Waramadong

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Some 960 residents in the community of Waramadong, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) will now benefit from adequate potable water.

On Thursday, Minister of Housing and Water, Colin Croal commissioned a $60M water distribution system in the Upper Mazaruni community.

The scope of the project includes the drilling of a new potable water well to a depth of 120 meters, installation of 3000 meters of PVC pipes, 80 service connections, the construction of a 20-feet elevated metal trestle with storage tanks, the installation of a photovoltaic pumping system, and a galvanized chain-link fence.

A section of the new $60M water system. (Photo: DPI/September 22, 2023)

During the commissioning ceremony, Croal highlighted the investments made in the water sector across Region Seven over the past three years.

To date, some $700M has been invested to provide first-time access to thousands of residents in the region.

This has resulted in water systems being completed in Kurutuku, Kamarang, Jawalla, Kako, Tasserene, Kaikan, and Isseneru, while Kangaruma’s system was rehabilitated during 2021 and 2022.

Additionally, interventions this year include a new water supply system in Quebenang, Jawalla, Paruima, Dagg Point, Westerbeck and Five Mile, Bartica.

According to Minister Croal, the population with access to potable water in Region Seven in 2020 was just 3,818 persons, which accounted for 34 per cent of the entire population.

“With the interventions undertaken in 2021, 2022, and the current projects for 2023, the population with access to water will increase to almost 10,000 persons, which is 85 per cent at the end of 2023,” he said.

Croal noted that as part of the government’s commitment to achieve Sustainable Development Goal Six, projects will also be undertaken in other communities within the region to ensure 100 per cent access by 2025.

Minister of Housing and Water, Colin Croal (right) commissioned the new water system. (Photo: DPI/September 22, 2023)

“We want everybody to live a better quality of life… regardless of where you are located, all must benefit from the resources of the state and that is no different for those in Region Seven,” he said.

Meanwhile, Hinterland Service Director, Ramchand Jailall said despite some challenges encountered during the drilling of the well, the contractor was able to deliver the project promptly.

The well can last up to 100 years, and the pump can function for up to 20 years.

According to Jailall, the water is clean and suitable for drinking and other uses. It was water tested, and the quality is of an excellent standard.

He also highlighted the need for the residents to maintain the system so that it can sustain the village.

This year, the sum of $1.7B was allocated for the completion of wells and distribution networks in the hinterland. (Extracted from DPI)

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  1. habeeb says

    Are the residents being charged water rates now, for the new well or is it FREE ?
    Did Guyana Water installed water meters for accurate reading of usage ?
    Before, sure, the residents must have used lake/creek water once it is boiled and sterilized and it was FREE.

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