GWI’s $850 “Coastal 2011 Programme” takes shape
- 60,000 customers to benefit from enhanced service
Five thousand (5000) residents of Onderneeming, Essequibo Coast, will experience improved levels of service from a new well station to be drilled at Onderneeming Scheme Phase Two, and the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has commenced work on a massive Government-funded programme estimated at $850 million.
The plan dubbed “Coastal 2011 Programme” will involve the construction of five (5) new well stations to boost the service provided to several communities along the coast.
According to GWI, a new station at Hope Lowlands (Hope Estate) will enhance water service for several housing schemes including Clonbrook, Ann’s Grove and Two Friends. The project will reportedly benefit seven thousand (7000) residents of East Coast Demerara.
“GWI will also drill a new well to increase the reliability and efficiency of the Cotton Tree Water Treatment Plant that will continue to provide service to the 16,000 customers in West Coast Berbice.” GWI’s Executive Director of Capital Investment & Planning, Ramchand Jailal said.
The water utility also plans to boost the service provided to customers of East Berbice who will benefit from a new well station at Number 47 Village.
“The borehole at Number 46 Village has significantly deteriorated,” explained the Director, “hence it is imperative that GWI provide a new station to return normal service.”
Some 5,500 customers are expected to experience improved service delivery upon the completion of the new station.
In addition, the company will enhance the capacity and increase reliability of the Rose Hall Water Treatment Plant, with a new well station at Rose Hall, East Berbice. According to Jailal “this station will assist us in providing increased service to over 8,000 customers served by the Rose Hall Water Treatment Plant”.
“These water supply infrastructure projects will cost the Government of Guyana in excess of G$850 Million and will include the installation of transmission and distributions mains and service connection upgrades in these and other areas countrywide,” stated the Capital Investment Director, “while we are now in the preparatory phases, coastal communities can expect enhanced service from the programme as 2011 progresses.”