Pomeroon communities to get new wells
Residents of Wakapoa and Akawini (Baracaro) in the Lower Pomeroon and Karawab and Kabakaburi in the Upper Pomeroon will receive first-time access to potable water with the drilling of new wells in the villages.
Minister of Housing and Water, Hon. Collin Croal made this announcement during a two-day outreach in the region on February 17-18, 2023.
Regional Vice-chairman, Mr. Humace Oudit; Director of Hinterland Services at the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), Mr. Ramchand Jailal and other technical officials accompanied the Minister.
Currently, the villagers who are predominantly Amerindians, source water from the river and through rainwater harvesting. Minister Croal stated that the incoming systems are in keeping with a commitment of H.E. President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali. He also said the government is heavily investing to ensure that hinterland and riverine communities receive 100% access to potable water by 2025.
The wells will be drilled through GWI with a new PAT Rig acquired by the water company. The rig is expected to arrive in March and drilling of two wells will begin at Wakapoa in April, before moving to Baracaro for the drilling of another well. GWI also aims to connect three nearby islands at Akawini to the system. The rig will then be moved to the other areas.
“That well will provide a better quality of life for our people. It will help you to reduce some of your hardships that you may be faced with in the dry season,” Minister Croal told residents
Additionally, two Community Service Officers (CSOs) will trained to assist GWI with the operation and maintenance of the systems upon completion.
With the villages also set to benefit from monies earned from the sale of Guyana’s carbon credits, the Minister also urged them to be innovative and embark on projects that will foster sustainable economic growth and job creation.
During the meeting, residents also took the opportunity to highlight issues affecting them in their communities. These issues will be addressed by the relevant subject Ministers and agencies.