Jun 13, 2009 News
In its quest to improve the delivery of water countrywide, Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has been conducting outreaches in a number of areas.
Over the past few days, Acting Chief Executive, Yuri Chandisingh, and other senior officials of the water entity, travelled to Berbice and to the island of Leguan.
According to a release issued by the entity, the Chief Executive accompanied by Mr. Joseph Codette, Officer in charge of Operations; the Divisional Manager, Mr. Dwayne Shako, and Mr. Rawle Aaron, Public Relations Officer, visited Mara and South Chesney, Berbice, on Tuesday.
In Mara, Chandisingh initiated discussions with CDC Chairman Randolph Pross, relating to the management of the water system in that area.
The community, according to the release, benefits from a well and a solar system that provides electricity to the pump, which enables the storage tanks to full for distribution to some 30 residents in the area.
In South Chesney, the Regional Chairman, Zulphikar Mustapha, chaired a community meeting that attracted representatives of Guyana Water Inc. and Guyana Power and Light attended to address challenges related to water and electricity.
The residents were very vocal on both issues and resolutions were discussed to bring immediate comfort to residents.
Chandisingh, speaking at the community meeting, admitted that there were challenges in the area as it relates to water and assured residents that Operations Officer, Joseph Coddette, will return to the area to support efforts already instituted by the Divisional Manager.
On the question of billings for water that customers did not receive or received a low service for long periods, the Chief Executive said a team of GWI Commercial Services Managers will be visiting the area next week, to answer all questions and deal with all adjustments relating to billings.
And on Wednesday, the Chief Executive, along with National Revenue Manager, Earl Aaron, the Public Relations Officer and other operations staff, visited the island of Leguan with the aim of inspecting GWI facilities to determine ways in which the water delivery system could be improved.
During the visit, Neighbourhood Democratic Council Chairman, Durga Persaud, met and had informal discussions with the team and expressed satisfaction as it relates to the quality and level of service being delivered.
Since his recent installation as head of the water sector, Chandisingh has been meeting with communities throughout the country, either as a part of the Ministry of Housing and Water One Stop Shop, or as a part of the GWI outreach programme.
He has said that although GWI has many challenges, they can be confronted and addressed through workable solutions that could help the sector fulfil its mandate.
According the Public Relations Officer, the outreach programme is expected to continue and “will be coming to your village soon.”
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