New Port Mourant well now set for October

DPI, Guyana, Friday, September 28, 2018

Around 9,000 customers in the Albion to Tain area will shortly benefit from 24hr treated water as work on a $60M well at Port Mourant advances.

This is an initiative by Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) and is expected to be completed by the end of October.

A site visit was undertaken today by Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, Managing Director of GWI, Dr. Richard Van West-Charles and a team of officials from GWI to assess the status of the project.
Programme Coordinator of GWI, Richard Hoyte explained that the company began drilling in April and reached a total depth of 1,100 feet in June.

However, due to rainy weather, the soil was saturated and the well collapsed. Hoyte said the decision was taken to move to a new spot. “We’re drilling a new hole now we’re at 1,105 feet, we’re opening the hole and we’ll begin the installation of cases in another week. The setting of the well screens and casing should finish in two days then removal of drilling fillings and impurities that would block the well will begin.” He assured that at the end of October, consumers will begin receiving treated water.

Planning and Implementation Director of GWI, Ramchand Jailall explained that with the current well, residents receive water from 05:00hrs to noon, then from 16:00hrs to 21:00hrs.

The well is being constructed by the Trinidadian Company Water and Oil with eight Guyanese on the workforce.

Ranetta LaFleur

Image: Karime Peters

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