GWI says to im­prove wa­ter ser­vices in Ann’s Grove/Clon­brook

Stabroek News Sunday - - PUBLIC NOTICE -

The Guyana Wa­ter In­cor­po­rated (GWI) is set to com­plete on­go­ing projects to im­prove wa­ter ser­vices in the Ann’s Grove/Clon­brook ar­eas on the East Coast of De­mer­ara be­fore Christ­mas this year.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from GWI, the res­i­dents were in­formed of the plans for the com­mu­ni­ties dur­ing an out­reach hosted at the Clon­brook Pri­mary School on Satur­day. The out­reach was a col­lab­o­ra­tion among the Min­istries of the Pres­i­dency and Nat­u­ral Re­sources and GWI.

Managing Di­rec­tor of GWI, Dr Richard Van West-Charles, who, along with a team vis­ited res­i­dents prior to the meet­ing, called on them to co-op­er­ate with the com­pany by iden­ti­fy­ing and re­port­ing leaks in the com­mu­nity and pay­ing their debts, the re­lease stated.

The re­lease quoted Van WestCharles as say­ing, “This is­sue we have in Clon­brook and Ann’s Grove and you have to help us, so that the qual­ity will im­prove…is the con­trol of the leaks and wastage that’s oc­cur­ring on this side and in Bee Hive. Un­less we ar­rest the leaks and the wastage peo­ple down at the end of the line will suf­fer and you are go­ing to com­pro­mise the qual­ity of wa­ter.”

The re­lease quoted him as adding, “We have 1400 cus­tomers in this area but not ev­ery­body is pay­ing so you have a col­lec­tive debt of $116M. We want to ap­peal to you. We don’t want to dis­con­nect you. If you owe come and es­tab­lish a con­tract. We will give you so many months to pay that debt and keep cur­rent.”

Mean­while, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, dur­ing the tour of the com­mu­nity, it was dis­cov­ered that parts are still with­out wa­ter. As such, GWI will work to extend the trans­mis­sion line and in­ter­con­nect the dis­tri­bu­tion net­work to serve Middle Walk and Nim­rod Street.

Ad­dress­ing the is­sue of the re­duced level of ser­vice be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced in some ar­eas along the coast, Van West-Charles ex­plained that the com­pany is work­ing to re­solve same.

“We do know that you were hav­ing some prob­lems in terms of the level of ser­vice be­cause the En­more num­ber two well is down and should be back up within an­other three weeks with a new pump so be­cause the sys­tem is very well in­ter­con­nected you will see we will be able to move wa­ter to the lower lands, even to Vic­to­ria at the back for an im­proved ser­vice,” the re­lease quoted him as as­sur­ing the res­i­dents.

Ad­di­tion­ally, com­mu­ni­ties along the East Coast of De­mer­ara will soon ben­e­fit from new wells be­ing drilled at Sparen­daam and Bet­ter Hope, the re­lease stated.

The Managing Di­rec­tor also high­lighted the Util­ity’s plans to pos­si­bly treat the large vol­ume of wa­ter com­ing from the Hope Canal to serve vil­lages along the coast in the more dis­tant fu­ture.

Dr Richard Van West-Charles

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