Mar 09, 2011 News
Residents of Crane, West Coast Demerara, were from yesterday expected to experience a disruption in their regular water supply. This is anticipated to last for the next five days. According to Public Relations Officer attached to the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), Timothy Austin, this disruption may affect residents to varying levels as some may simply experience low pressure rather than a complete interruption of the service.
He explained that the period of disruption is intended to facilitate scheduled maintenance work on the Nouvelle Flanders Well Station which supplies the area of Crane, which encompasses two residential phases.
According to Austin, the process will entail the cleaning of various parts of the well which will not allow GWI to supply water to its customers. This undertaking, he said, is geared at improving the quality of water supplied. In the meantime, he noted that some residents will be able to receive water supply, though at low pressure, from the Best Well Station during this period maintenance. GWI will also be trucking water into the community for other affected residents.
Austin noted that the Water Company will seek to keep residents abreast of the process as the need arises. However, should residents have any concerns during the process they can contact GWI on its Customers’ Hotline 227-8701.
A total of $1.5B of this year’s $161.4B national budget has been set aside to achieve the water sector’s objective of ensuring improved water supply. In fact Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh, had revealed during his presentation of the budget in January that the allocation will facilitate works for the extension of the transmission and distribution mains. It is also expected to fund treatment plant rehabilitation/upgrade and borehole construction activities, benefiting over 100,000 persons.
Under the Coastal Water Supply Programme, he stated, the sum of $850M has been allocated for improving water distribution in areas such as Hope, Calcutta, Lochaber, Anna Catherina, Diamond, DeHoop and Bartica. A substantial sum has also been allotted for works in Linden, according to the Finance Minister.
He revealed that a sum of $75M has been budgeted to focus on improving the reliability, functionality and integrity of the transmission and distribution systems at Amelia’s Ward and Wisroc from which over 7,000 residents will benefit. A further $103M has been budgeted for provision of water to hinterland communities such as Sand Hills, Wiruni, Calcuni, Kariabo, Kwebanna and Mahdia where over 5,000 residents will gain.
Dr. Singh had asserted that the water sector continues to make significant strides as Government moves ahead in providing access to potable water for every citizen. This year marks the third year of implementation of the water company’s Turnaround Plan, which Dr Singh said, saw a reduction in non-revenue water due mainly to an increase in metering, service connection upgrades and increasing the number of customers that were paying for actual consumption, thereby aiding conservation of the limited resource.
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