As part of an ambitious plan to deliver treated water to at least 90% of the country’s population within three years, the Guyana Water Incorporated on Wednesday signed contracts for the upgrade of twelve water treatment plants.
Twelve contractors will complete upgrades to twelve coastal water treatment plants in regions three, four, and six. The total sum of these contracts is just under GYD$6 billion.
During a contract signing ceremony held at GWI’s Headquarters on Vlissengen Road, Chief Executive Officer, Shaik Baksh said that the utility company is well underway to provide 99% access to water in coastal areas and 100% access to hinterland communities.
“So, the goal really is to ensure water reduces poverty levels in our country, targeting unserved areas and targeting the new housing developments,” he stated.
Baksh added that residents who are occupying or intend to occupy new house lots can expect to have treated water. He highlighted that the high iron content that exists in the water currently being provided has been a concern of the Government, as such the plants will be used to treat the water and would eventually allow consumers to access drinking water from their taps.
Water treatment plants at Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo, Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara, Better Hope, Mon Repo and Friendship along the East Coast corridor as well as Eccles, Grove and Covent Garden along the East Bank of Demerara are slated to be upgraded. Water treatment plants in New Amsterdam, Cotton Tree, and Port Mourant are also expected to undergo upgrades.
Within the first quarter of next year, an additional ten small water treatment plants will be constructed to complement the programme, Baksh divulged.
The Coastal Water Treatment Infrastructure Programme is threefold and also includes the construction of seven new water treatment plants at Onderneeming in Region 2, Parika, Wales and Lust en Rust in Region 3, Caledonia, Cummings Lodge and Bachelor’s Adventure in Region 4 to the tune of GYD$8.5B. It is estimated that 300,000 will benefit from the programme.