GWI working to ensure equity in hinterland region

-85% of Hinterland population now has access to potable water

-5,000 Region 9 residents get potable water for the first time

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has spent some $260Million in 2019 to ensure that residents of the hinterland and riverain communities have access to potable water.


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

Managing Director, Dr. Richard Van West-Charles says this is in keeping with His Excellency President David Granger’ s call for equity and equality among coastal and hinterland residents.

In Region 1, new wells have been drilled at Kamwatta, Whitewater, and Baramita while the water system has been upgraded at Port Kaituma.

A water treatment plant in Bartica, Region 7, was also upgraded.

Meanwhile, in Region 8, the Kato Secondary School is benefitting from a filtration system while Paramakatoi residents now have a potable water supply. A new well and submersible pump were also set up at Campbelltown, among other developments.

In Region 9, Aishalton, Nappi, Parishara, Aranaputa, Shulinab, and Meriwau are benefitting from 16 new wells, with more than 5,000 residents gaining access to potable water for the first time.


Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon turns of the tap at the well in Yupukari, Central Rupununi, following its commissioning in November

New quality mini-labs have also been established for hinterland services, with retrofitting to be completed in the first quarter of 2020.

“This is a manifestation of the challenge thrown out to us by His Excellency, in terms of addressing the inequities between the hinterland and the coast,” Dr. Van-West Charles said.

He said GWI would continue to improve and that come 2020 it would work harder to ensure that all Guyanese have constant access to safe and clean water.