$3.2B projected to improve Guyana’s water supply
DPI, GUYANA, Monday, November 27, 2017
Over $3.2B has been proposed in the 2018 National Budget to improve the quality and quantity of water being supplied to Guyanese. This was related by the Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan during the reading of the 2018 Nation Budget at the National Assembly, today.
Minister Jordan noted that over 20,000 households across Guyana will soon be beneficiaries of three new water treatment plants slated to be constructed in 2018. It was revealed that the water treatment plants will be constructed in the catchment areas -Cornelia Ida to De Kinderen in Region Three, Diamond to Herstelling in Region Four and Goed Bananen Land to Sheet Anchor in Region Six.
According to the Minister, thousands more will benefit from potable water with the completion of eight new well across the country as the administration continues its efforts to expand the country’s water supply capacity.
Additionally, in 2018, the Finance Minister said that the government will be upgrading a number of transmission lines across the country, which include 11 hinterland villages – among them, Port Kaituma, Lethem and Mabaruma. He also highlighted that there will be an expansion of water systems at Moblissa, Three Friends and Shelter Belt.
With the additional 10,000 water meters expected to be installed by the end of 2017, the Finance Minister pointed out that an additional 10,000 will be installed. He said it is aimed at reducing commercial and technical loss and improve the billing system.
The measures set to be implemented by the administration under the 2018 National Budget are guided by the Guyana Water Incorporation (GWI) strategic plan. The aim of this plan being universal access to safe and affordable drinking water for all Guyanese.
Throughout the year 2017, GWI has been visibly mobile across the country providing potable water to all. The theme for this year’s National Budget is “the good life continues.”
By: Isaiah Braithwaite