500 Central Parikwarinau villagers to benefit from improved water supply
Minister Croal sampling  water from the Parikawarinau well
Minister Croal sampling water from the Parikawarinau well

A SOON-TO-BE-COMMISSIONED water supply system is providing some 500 villagers of Central Parikwarinau with an improved quality and level of service. It will be completed in its entirety shortly, a Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) release said.

Housing and Water Minister Collin Croal and GWI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Shaik Baksh and other officials from the two entities visited the community last Sunday to assess the progress of work on the system and update community members.

Minister Croal and CEO Baksh meeting with Parikawarinau villagers

Toshao Brian James expressed gratitude on behalf of the community. One resident by the name of Noel Martin said he is happy to be receiving water at his home, as it has allowed him to realise his dream of farming.

James explained that his intention is to provide produce for the school’s hot-meal programme. Two other women also welcomed the water system, noting that it has greatly improved their domestic livelihoods.

Meanwhile, over at Shulinab, both the minister and CEO expressed great disappointment at the status of works on the water supply system there.

According to a release, a contract was awarded for the construction of a trestle equipped with storage tanks, installation of a photovoltaic (PV) system and distribution pipelines.

The incomplete trestle at Shulinab

After failing to meet his initial completion timeline, to date, only the PV system has been erected as well as the trestle.

Minister Croal told the Village Toshao that the contractor’s work ethic would not be condoned, as he has been given enough of a grace period. He assured him that the contractor will be given a warning and dealt with accordingly so that they can complete the project in a timely manner.


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