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GWI addresses rumour that improvements in Reg. 9 proving costly for residents

Dear Editor, GUYANA Water Incorporated (GWI) wishes to dispel the rumour that the company’s recent interventions to improve on the quality and access of water to Region 9 (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) is costing residents. The company wishes to make it clear that no immediate plans are in place to attach a cost to the services being provided, and, therefore customers were never informed of impending charges.

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These recent interventions in communities in North, South and Central Rupununi are in keeping with President David Granger’s call for equity on the coastland and hinterland. GWI’s Managing Director, Dr. Richard Van West-Charles and other senior company officials have thus far visited some 33 communities in Region 9 where inconsistences in the quality and access to potable water were observed.

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These observations included the lack of productivity of hand-dug wells, compromised water quality, faulty infrastructure, design flaws in water systems, and the need for additional water sources and storage tanks, well maintenance, construction of trestles, leaks to be fixed and repair works to be done on solar panels.

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As such, upon noticing these conditions and engaging Toshaos, Senior Councillors and residents to ascertain their current water situation, GWI saw the need to intervene and improve the lives of its brothers and sisters in the region.

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Among the works already completed are the drilling of wells in Aishalton, Sand Creek, Kanuku, St. Ignatius and Karasabi. Other ongoing interventions include the installation of photovoltaic systems to pump water to the community, improving productivity and increasing the storage capacity of wells, water quality testing. and the construction of trestles.

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Dr. Van West-Charles has, on numerous occasions, noted that as a physician, he sees as priority, the need for access to water at facilities such as health posts and schools. At the same time, he has stressed the importance of access to water at facilities such as bakeries and cassava factories, hot-meal hubs, and farms to promote economic activities. Regards, Guyana Water Inc

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