— Housing Minister
RESIDENTS in White Water, Region One, can look forward to enjoying improved access to potable water in the New Year.
Housing and Water Minister, Collin Croal, made this announcement during a recent outreach at the White Water Multipurpose Hall. He was accompanied by Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony and Director-General of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Vishwa Mahadeo.
He stated that a number of new wells will be drilled within the Mabaruma sub-region in 2022. After the drilling of these wells, systems including those in Wauna, White Water and Kamwatta will be interconnected.
“By doing this, residents within these communities will experience increased water pressure and overall improved water access,” the minister said.
This adds to a list of programmes that has seen significant improvement in the sub-region over the past year.
Less than two weeks ago, a needs assessment was conducted in the Mabaruma sub-region by the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), which highlighted the importance for the expansion of the region’s services.
Minister Croal stated that in addition to increased water access, the ministry, through GWI, will also be training a number of Community Support Officers (CSOs) to monitor and give technical support to water systems in the area. This, he said, will significantly benefit the communities and improve the water service.
In addition to this, Minister Croal noted a number of upcoming training programmes which will be led by the Ministry of Labour – Board of Industrial Training.
Meanwhile, Minister Anthony outlined the enhancement of regional health services, including upgrades of the Mabaruma Regional Hospital and White Water Health Post, among other developments.
The minister, in highlighting that Region One has the highest vaccination rate in the country, encouraged residents to continue the pace of inoculation.
He also informed residents on government’s vaccination programme for children, using the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. He emphasised that vaccines are safe and scientifically proven to be the best way out of the COVID-19 pandemic.