150+ residents of Naamless EBE to access potable water for the first time

― GWI to begin works on Monday, April 29

― residents made a request last week

DPI, Guyana, Sunday, April 28, 2019

On Monday, the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) will begin works to ensure the more than 150 residents of Naamless Village, St. Lawrence situated on the East Bank of Essequibo, have access to a potable water supply for the first time. Naamless is a small riverine community stretching for about a quarter of a mile. Most of its residents are involved in agricultural and cash crop farming activities which relies heavily on a reliable source of water.

Managing Director of the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), Dr. Richard Van West-Charles speaking to Region 3 residents during the government outreach in the region.

Managing Director of GWI, Dr. Richard Van West-Charles said that the provision of the potable water supply comes after several residents made a request last week. He added that it is also as a result of GWI’s prompt response to the issue, reaffirming the agency’s commitment to serving Guyanese and to ensuring that every citizen has access to a quality water supply.

The GWI has pledged to continue to execute its mandate of supplying potable water to communities, as far as possible, throughout Guyana. The pronouncement came at the sixth ‘Government comes to you’ initiative held in Region 3 (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara Region) on Sunday.

The service being provided is in keeping with the government’s effort to ensure that Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2040, is attained in a timely fashion.

Since coming to office in 2015, the APNU+AFC government has overseen the installation of first-time potable water systems to scores of communities across the country. These include several sections of Georgetown, East Berbice, East Coast and East Bank Demerara, West Coast Berbice, Linden, Andy Ville, several Region 1, 7, 8 and 9 communities.

Nateshia Isaacs

Images: Giovanni Gajie

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