GWI to procure two drill rigs for coast and hinterland

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, January 2, 2020

The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) will be procuring two drill rigs in this year, to increase water access. One will be used on the coast and the other in the hinterland

This was highlighted by Managing Director of GWI, Dr. Richard Van West-Charles at the utility company’s recent year-end press briefing.

“These drill rigs will arrive next month, one for the Hinterland region and one for the coast, one will be coming via Lethem and the other via sea through Port Georgetown. This places GWI in a different position which enables us to have a greater capability of drilling wells in the Hinterland and on the coast,” Dr. Van West-Charles explained.

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Dr. Richard Van West-Charles, Managing Director of Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI),

The Managing Director noted that the drill rigs will significantly move Guyana forward in its objective to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 – access to clean water and sanitation for all people – before the end of the first quarter of 2020.

The state-of-the-art drill rigs are equipped with backhoes, trucks, water tankers, 11 canters, 2 pickups and other equipment.

For the 2018-2019 period, over 5000 residents benefitted from first-time access to potable water, drilling of wells and installation of water distribution were done in Hinterland communities, such as Aishalton, Nappi, Parishara, Yupukari, Lethem and Moco Moco in Region Nine, Kamwatta, Whitewater and Baramita in Region One, among several other hinterland communities.

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