Albouystown-Charlestown drainage boosted
―Charlestown no longer floods – Councillor Allicock
DPI, Guyana, Friday, January 17, 2020
The Albouystown-Charlestown area (Constituency 10) has seen much-needed improvements to its potable water systems and drainage infrastructure.
David Allicock, the resident constituency councillor told DPI that through a partnership with the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) all fire hydrants in the area were flushed.
“The fire hydrants are connected parallel to our drinking potable water system. Because of the age of the potable water supply within central Georgetown, a lot of iron and heavy metal deposits have accumulated. Flushing by virtue of the hydrant which is a parallel connection to your actual drinking water will demineralize and deionize the water and makes it even more potable.”
Additionally, GWI has completed upgrades to the water-pressure system in the Albouystown ward. The area now boasts a state-of-the-art potable water system
As it relates to pipe replacement, Allicock said the utility company was currently replacing Albouystown’s sewage system. That project began in the latter half of 2019.
“The length and breadth of Albouystown from Saffon Street through James Street all the way to Callender Street and this includes the interconnecting streets they are replacing all of those old cast iron and asbestos pipes and they are putting down PVC/ Polyethylene pipes instead. So when that is completed Albouystown sewage system will be the envy of Central Georgetown,” he said.
The councillor noted that Charlestown’s the potable water system which was “up and running” was not as old as the one in Alboustown, and the focus was on drainage in that community.
“In the third quarter of 2019, we cleaned every single secondary and primary drain that surrounds Albouystown and Charlestown, in particular, Charlestown.”
The primary drains (trenches and canals) and secondary drains (gutters) systems were cleaned both manually and by machinery through another partnership with the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority.
Meanwhile, the Albouystown-Charlestown sluice door was serviced and replaced, and a bigger pump was installed to deal with overtopping and flooding.