GUYANA Water Incorporated (GWI), the nation’s supplier of water and sanitation services, is collaborating with the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Nine on a strategy to provide assistance to communities in the region experiencing the effects of the current dry weather conditions.According to Hinterland Engineer, Cleon French, ‘GWI in partnership with the Regional Democratic Council (RDC- Region 9) is addressing the water-supply challenges being experienced by communities in Region Nine by providing technical assistance, including the supply of materials to ensure that water is accessed within the region.’
GWI and the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) have also provided water tanks and electrical pumps along with other materials for use in affected communities.
In addition, GWI representatives began mobilising communities from March 3, 2016 to undertake remedial works in the villages of Annai, Maruranua, Katoonarib and Aishalton.
“We are conducting a number of well-cleaning exercises in collaboration with the communities to ensure that there is access to water,” stated French. “We are also lowering the well pumps in order to accommodate the decrease in the levels within the wells due to the dry-weather conditions. This exercise will assist in achieving continuous service.”
In addition, GWI has sought the assistance of a Hydro Geologist to conduct a technical assessment within the region to provide a comprehensive report with recommendations for short, medium and long-term solutions for the communities.
The GWI team will continue to collaborate with the Regional Democratic Council, Civil Defence Commission and all other stakeholders to ensure that the communities will have access to potable water, especially during the present drought.