GWI awards con­tract for well at Koko

Stabroek News - - EDITORIAL -

“If that build­ing is deemed to be such then we can ac­tu­ally, though we have never done it be­fore, pre­pare a preser­va­tion or­der and in ef­fect take over the build­ing. This is where the build­ing is deemed as a land­mark… With Freema­sons’ Hall, we have to ask our­selves: What makes Freema­sons’ Hall so im­por­tant that we would have to spend so much money tak­ing it over?” he ques­tioned, while not­ing that the an­swer would in­form a de­ci­sion. He said that there are build­ings just as old as Freema­sons’ Hall that were taken down and “we couldn’t do any­thing about it” be­cause of the ab­sence of funds.

“There are build­ings which were de­mol­ished… we don’t have the ca­pac­ity to bring a build­ing back as it should be and I would say that Freema­sons’ prob­a­bly fall into that cat­e­gory. It is old yes but how im­por­tant is it? That has to be as­sessed,” he said.

The build­ing, which is lo­cated at Com­pany Path, be­tween Church Street and North Road, is known as the Prin­ci­pal Ma­sonic Tem­ple and is a meet­ing place for the Union Lodge, The Guyana Wa­ter In­cor­po­rated (GWI) has awarded a con­tract for the drilling of a new well at Koko, Re­gion 1.

GWI said in a re­lease yes­ter­day that the con­tract for the Sup­ply of Ma­te­ri­als, Labour and Equip­ment for the Drilling of a Well at Koko, Re­gion 1, was awarded to BK In­ter­na­tional Inc. in the sum of $8.75 mil­lion. It is an­tic­i­pated that per­sons from the com­mu­nity will be em­ployed. The well is be­ing funded by the Govern­ment of Guyana.

With a time­line for the com­ple­tion of works set for De­cem­ber 2017, the project is sched­uled to be­gin this month. GWI said that the con­trac­tor is in the process of mo­bil­is­ing for works

The project re­quires the con­trac­tor to com­plete the drilling of the well to meet GWI’s spec­i­fi­ca­tions, sup­ply all ma­te­ri­als nec­es­sary for the com­ple­tion of the well and im­ple­ment suit­able tech­niques to en­sure the sus­te­nance of the hole be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter drilling, the re­lease said. The con­tract­ing firm is also re­quired to drill, ream and in­stall all the ma­te­ri­als to suc­cess­fully com­plete the well as per de­sign. The re­quired depth of the well is 80 me­ters.

There­after, GWI said that the con­trac­tor will test the pump and dis­in­fect the well to the sat­is­fac­tion of GWI’s Wa­ter Qual­ity De­part­ment.

The well is in­tended to pro­vide ap­prox­i­mately 400 per­sons with potable wa­ter for the first time.

The project will also cater for the con­struc­tion of a pump house, well head, dis­charge pipes, con­nec­tions to the wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion net­work and the de­vel­op­ment of the en­tire well site.

The Freema­sons’ Hall Preser­va­tion or­der Len­nox Her­nan­dez

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