Several Linden/Soesdyke highway communities to benefit from potable water for first time

Georgetown, GINA, July 13, 2016

About 1000 residents residing on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway will benefit for the first from potable water, under a programme being executed by the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) to provide potable water to rural communities.

A  $47, 973, 678 contract was awarded to R. Kissoon for the installation of transmission and distribution networks and service connections at Kuru Kuru and Kukururu, Linden/Soesdyke Highway. S. Jagmohan Hardware Supplies was also awarded a $45,495,460 contract for the installation of a transmission and distribution network at Waiakabra, Linden/Soesdyke Highway.

This project seeks to enhance the quality of life for residents along the highway, and to make these communities attractive for residential settlement.

GWI’s Director of Infrastructure Planning and Implementation, Ramchand Jailal, explained that the agency is in the process of providing the contract document to the contractors, and works are expected to commence in August. The duration for the contract is two months.

“So we expect the works will be completed within these periods and we are working along closely with the communities to ensure that we deliver these projects successfully, very early, well within the third quarter of 2016 to ensure that the communities start to benefit very soon,” GWI’s Director said.

Additionally, Jailal said a project has just been completed in Hill Foot which is serving that community and surrounding areas. He said that the GWI is now undertaking the drilling of a new well in Silver Hill to provide water service to that community.

“These communities have been suffering from the lack of water supply, they never had water supply in that community so this project provides for drilling of new potable water well and installation of the mains and service connections to provide service for the entire community,” Jailall explained.

Meanwhile, for the rehabilitation of potable water wells in Georgetown- Shelterbelt, North Ruimveldt Shelterbelt Number 2, Tucville and Mocha, a $20, 201,119 contract was awarded to Water and Oil Well Service Company Ltd of Trinidad.