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Guyana Water Incorporated in its quest to achieve its 2025 goal of 85 percent metering along the coastland is aiming to install 20,000 meters along the coastland throughout 2022.
This is the continuation of a robust metering programme, which saw over 15,000 meters being installed in 2021, inclusive of the replacement of close to 5000 non-functional or faulty meters, GWI said in a release.
The company’s five year strategic plan for 2020-2025 sets out to achieve the aforementioned percentage of metering against baseline data from 2019 which reflects 53 percent metering along the coastland. Among the areas to be metered during this year in Region 2 are Anna Regina, Cotton Field, Lima, Mainstay, Reliance and Walton Hall.
In Region 3, the metering schedule includes Anna Catherina, Den Amstel, Cornelia Ida, Goed Fortuin, Pouderoyen and Versailles. On the East Bank Demerara- Eccles, Farm, Great Diamond and Little Diamond and on the East Coast Demerara – Better Hope, Industry, Lusignan, Ogle and Happy Acres.
The Georgetown metering schedule includes Kitty, Lamaha Gardens, Queenstown, South Ruimveldt Gardens and Bel Air Gardens. In Region 6, metering will be done in areas which include Williamsburg, Rose Hall town, Nigg and Port Mourant while in Region 10, metering will be carried out in Amelia’s Ward, Linden among other areas.
Metered GWI customers are billed based on the amount of water consumed and this allows them to manage their consumption to avoid a higher reading, thus saving money. Further, metering helps the company to control the demand for this valuable resource and contributes towards the reduction of water losses. GWI is aiming to reduce water losses, referred to as Non-Revenue Water (NRW) from 70% in 2019 to 55% in 2025.