Communities around Diamond, Uitvlugt to get more than 20Million Litres of water daily

-Min Bulkan, IDB inspect new water treatment plants

-residents from Cornelia Ida to De Kinderen to receive 10Million Litres of treated water per day next year

-1,000 dwellings to benefit from the conversion of existing pit latrines to septic tanks

DPI, GUYANA, Saturday, September 29, 2018

A new water treatment plant under construction in Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara will see residents from Cornelia Ida to De Kinderen receiving 10Million Litres of treated water per day when it is completed next year.

Today, Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, representatives from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) and the Ministry of Finance visited the project sites to assess the progress of construction of the new water treatment plants in Uitvlugt and Diamond, East Bank Demerara.

The water treatment plants are components of a larger project for which a more than $6.6Million (US$31.6Million) loan was signed in 2014 by the Government of Guyana (GOG) and the IDB, for a Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure Improvement Programme.

Arshad Yacoub, Programme Manager of GWI, told the team that some 21,550 members of the population will be served when the treatment plants come into operation. As part of the project, GWI is in the process of installing meters in communities to be serviced.

To date, more than 3,000 meters have been installed with 125 septic tanks scheduled for installation in November.

Consultant and Project Manager of Hyroplan, Richard Persaud, told the visiting team works are on schedule despite only being 25 percent complete. Works are ongoing on the sedimentation tank, the filters, the ground storage tanks and the Administration building.

Meanwhile, in Diamond, Yacoub explained that the new water treatment plant will service some 23,266 people from Herstelling to Great Diamond with 12Million Litres of treated water per day.

GWI has already installed more than 3,500 meters in this area and 91 septic tanks are scheduled for installation in November. The Diamond water treatment plant is on schedule to be completed by next year, Persaud said. Works are 27 percent completed.

Residents can also expect improvement in service when the plants become operational in late 2018, Yacoub noted.

The four components of the overall project are the construction of new water treatment plants at Sheet Anchor, East Coast Berbice, Diamond, East Bank Demerara and Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara, rehabilitation and expansion of the Shelter Belt water treatment plant; reducing non-revenue water losses through metering and establishment of district meter zones in the programme areas; institutional strengthening of GWI and conversion of existing pit latrines to septic tanks for 1,000 beneficiaries.

Tiffny Rhodius.

Images: Keno George.

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