Campbellville and Sophia residents to get relief from water disruption

Georgetown GINA, June 2, 2016

Residents of Campbellville and Sophia will soon get  relief from water disruption as contractors are working to replace the transmission main from Duncan Street to Vlissingen Road.

Guyana Water Incorporated *GWI), Executive Director for Infrastructure Planning and Implementation, Ramchand Jailal, told the Government Information Agency (GINA), that GWI has been facing significant challenges with the transmission main.  “The transmission main was made in the 1960s and over the years we have been encountering breakages and this caused interference to traffic and also to our services,” Jailal said.

The Government of Guyana included this project in the 2016 National Budget capital program. Work is being undertaken by Nabi Construction Inc and is 60-65 percent completed Jailal explained.

The transmission main that is being installed runs from Vlissingen Road through Duncan Street and is interconnected to a 10-inch high density polyethylene transmission main which is designed to last for a minimum of 100 years. The  high density polyethylene transmission main will be interlinked to a 6-inch Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) transmission main which transmits water to the residents in Kaieteur Road, Bel Air.  

Jailal explained that a transmission main is one single main that brings water from a source to customers and if it is damaged then there is disruption of service to customers. “That is the problem we’re addressing at this time. The project aims to reduce disruption of water transmission for a long time,” Jailal said.

Noting that there is a Water Treatment Plant at Sophia and one at Shelter-Belt, Jailall said the transmission main that is being installed would supply water to Sophia from the Shelter-Belt area in case the Sophia system is down and service is disrupted.

Jailal expressed appreciation on behalf of GWI, to the public for their tolerance. “We want to give assurance that our objective is to provide improved services and ensure that residents receive better service and if they are not our objective is to ensure that they do,” he said.

Works are expected to be completed, tested and interconnected by the end of June and all roads will be reinstated to their original condition within the month of July.

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