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Two new wells are slated to be drilled in Region Three during the last quarter of 2021, benefitting, which will benefit over 20,000 residents.
Minister of Housing and Water, Collin Croal and Chief Executive Officer of Guyana Water Inc., Mr. Shaik Baksh; along with technical officials visited the proposed well sites last week Tuesday and met with residents. In a press release, GWI said one of the wells will be drilled in Lust-en-Rust, Parfaite Harmonie; West Bank Demerara to serve Lust-en-Rust, Recht door Zee and Onderneeming – a total of approximately 12,720 residents.
According to Minister Croal, the realisation of this well will see the beneficiaries receiving an improved level of water service. He told residents that his ministry is committed to development of the community, hence a water treatment plant will be constructed in the near future to accompany the well on the 5 acres of land was allotted for its construction.
Mr. Baksh added that the well will be drilled to a depth of 700 feet, at a cost of GYD$115M. He explained that the project is currently in the procurement phase with a projected completion timeline of August, 2021.
In the meantime, GWI has committed to conduct regular flushing of the network so as to address the high iron content in the water. Parika Backdam has been identified for the drilling of the second well and this is expected to provide first-time access to potable water for close to 8000 persons. These include Parika Backdam, Naamyrck Backdam, Ruby Backdam, Barnes Avenue and Kenn Dam; West Coast Demerara.
The minister told residents that GWI will be consulting with the Neighbourhood Democratic Council to determine if the site proposed for drilling is the most suitable. He said this is expected to be concluded within a matter of two weeks. GWI’s CEO pointed out that this well is expected to be completed by September, 2021. Through funding from the Government of Guyana, it is being drilled to the tune of approximately GYD$80M, with a depth of 300 to 700 feet.
Minister Croal assured the community members that the funds for the execution of these projects have already been budgeted, while noting they form part of community development works being undertaken by his Ministry.