Significant efforts made by GWI to alleviate dry weather effects in Region 9

Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), Press Release – Thursday, April 18, 2019

Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has taken note of statements being pedaled in certain sections of the media regarding the dry weather being experienced by Residents of Region 9 and alleged non-action on Government’s part.

Contrary to such statements, GWI has recognised the dry weather pattern and made significant efforts to alleviate the effects by drilling several wells in the Region.

This includes wells in the areas of Aishalton, Annai, Karasabai, Aranaputa, Nappi, Hiawa, St. Ignatius and Sand Creek, the latter of which is an initiative of GWI, the Regional Democratic Council and the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO).

Further, GWI has requested a supplemental budget to drill new wells in other communities in 2019.

With regard to the communities of Katoka and Katoonarib, an egineering assessment will be made on the 23rd and 24th April, 2019 respectively and this will provide for both immediate relief and long term solutions

In 2017, the Government of Guyana partnered with the Brazilian Army to drill eight (8) wells in the communities of Baishaidrun, Achawib, Karaudarnau, Aishalton, Chukrikednau, Awaruwaunau, Maruranau and Shea. Residents of those communities now have access to potable water following the installation of distribution networks by GWI in collaboration with community members.

Regional Executive Officer of Region 9, Mr. Carl Parker has noted that while the dry season has been harsh, significant strides have been made by the Government to alleviate the dry condition by drilling of wells and installation of pertinent infrastructure.

GWI has thus far for 2019 visited some 33 villages in Region 9 and intends to visit all 57, as a part of its efforts to ensure equitable access to potable water on the coast and in the hinterland.