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…funds, materials for construction already being sourced
The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has decided to drill a new well in the Lusignan, East Coast Demerara (ECD) community after the well there proved to be irreparable.
In a release on Tuesday, GWI noted that is has already moved to secure funding and all necessary resources to drill the well. The materials are expected to arrive within 2 months, after which drilling will commence.
GWI Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Shaik Baksh, during a meeting with the Chairman and Councillors of the Mon Repos La – Reconnaissance Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) had explained that such is necessary to alleviate the water woes being experienced by a number of ECD communities.
Villages such as Enmore, Mon Repos, Lusignan, Annandale, Good Hope, Friendship, Enterprise, and other nearby villages have been experiencing a low level and, in some cases, a disruption of service due to the collapsed well.
Baksh explained that a camera inspection of the well revealed that there was a breach in the well casing, causing the pump and motor to be stuck. “Our investigation reveals that there is a perforation in the casings at around 224 feet below ground.” This resulted in the well producing sand. Numerous attempts have since proved futile to repair the well and bring it back into operation.
It was noted that the entire well head had sunk approximately 2 inches into the earth. This is an indication that there is danger in proceeding further, since the entire well surroundings, buildings, machines, equipment and people could potentially be dragged into a pit.
Following these unsuccessful events, the CEO made a decision to drill a new well to provide a permanent solution to affected residents. He told the NDC Councillors that GWI will return to the community to consult with residents regarding the most suitable location for the well to be drilled.
In the meantime, GWI has implemented alternative arrangements to provide a steady level of service to areas that have been affected by the collapsed well. This includes reactivating the Enmore well station, which has previously been out of operation.