Apr 30, 2016 News
Yesterday, 16 plant operators from various parts of Guyana successfully completed and graduated from the Water Treatment Course Grade 3; facilitated by Guyana Water Inc. (GWI).
They received their certificates during a simple ceremony held in the boardroom of GWI’s Head office at Vlissengen Road and Church Street.
The course was tutored by Chemical Engineer, Avinash Parsram; GWI’s Health and Safety Officer Christopher Cathro; and Scientific Services Manager Mrs. Donna Canterbury. The course looked at the basic aspects of water treatment, as well as identifying and understanding the parameters of water treatment.
Parsram gave a brief overview of the course. He noted that the theoretical application was challenging for some participants, but the practical part was somewhat easy because of the vast prior experience of the operators.
Another aspect of the course was the day to day operations of the treatment plants, which saw participants being taught about the required mechanisms and inner workings to ensure the smooth operation of respective plants.
Parsram added that safety was another integral part of the course; safety requirements and safety rules.
He said, “The course ended with about four quizzes based on all aspects of the course.”
“Thanks to all participating operators.” He asked that they take their newfound knowledge seriously in the future.
On hand to address the graduates was Chief Executive, Dr. Richard Van-West Charles.
“Although it is a small ceremony it is an important one.” The importance, he said, is that his staff possesses the requisite qualifications and knowledge to carry out their duties efficiently.
He also intimated that over time there will be heavy investment in training. Van-West Charles posited that as they (GWI) move forward, there will be training of staff across all departments of the company. He stated that the water treatment course is a mandatory course for all water treatment plant operators.
“The mission of GWI is to produce good quality water for the public consumption and in every position (GWI employees) must understand the basic principles of their job, each treatment plant costs approximately US$500, 000,” stated Dr. Van-West Charles.
(The operators) must ensure that the plant is properly managed and ensure that the maximum quality of water is provided to citizens because of the plant’s cost.
He congratulated the participants of the course and said he was “happy with the overall performance.” He said that they have to now share their experiences with others and continue to learn even more.
He maintained that in order for any operator to upgrade their status they have to do the necessary courses, starting from grade one and continuing through all the grades.
Van West Charles said that water is life; therefore it is the quality water that produces quality life.
“The operators’ mission in water treatment is to produce good quality water and ensure that it is delivered to the citizens.”
He added, “Citizens also have a duty to call in to the call centre to report any leaks, problems or drop in the quality of water.”
He congratulated them in terms of the course completed, and stated that their learning doesn’t end there as there will be more courses in the future.
The participants were presented with their certificates by Mr. Christopher Cathro and Dr. Van-West Charles.
The best graduating student was Cassius Arthur. The runners-up were Mohinda Suejohn and Gregory Dhrigpaul. The top three graduating students received plaques and cash prizes in addition to their certificates.
The top performer received $50,000; the runners up got $30’000 and $20’000 respectively.
Valedictorian Cassius Arthur thanked the tutors for their immense contribution. He identified Avinash Parsram as a great teacher. He also thanked his classmates stating, that while it was challenging it was a great experience.
Ms Donna Canterbury offered a few words of appreciation. “The participants must put what they have learnt into practice and provide the citizens they serve with quality water.”
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