Taps flow for Hyde Park, Grove homes!

-More communities in the East Bank Essequibo area to benefit

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

“This feels good. Do you know how long I’ve waited for this?” Nicole Westford of Hyde Park, East Bank Essequibo said while washing her face for the first time with water piped into her home, thanks to a new service from Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI).

“We used to have black tanks catching rainwater and have that run through our pipes and we set up pipelines since 2010 because since then we were promised. However, we now have pipe water!” she told the Department of Public Information (DPI)

Westford is one of over 50 residents in the peaceful communities of Hyde Park and Grove East Bank of Essequibo now enjoying running water in their homes thanks to the recently laid pipes.

And according to the Manager of Region Three, GWI Branch, Denise Woolford, the utility company is currently on a mission to ensure all of Region Three receives service.

“We have a mandate and that is to provide the service to our people and not just any service but quality service. GWI is a service provider and our focus at this point in time is to bring relief to the many residents who suffered a long while now. Providing water to residents of these communities was nothing difficult and it makes us feel nice to know that we are putting smiles on people’s faces. All I will do now is encourage them to pay their bills or face disconnection,” Woolford said.

The manager also indicated that more communities that are not in receipt of GWI’s service will soon be visited to ensure the provision of “full service” within the East Bank Essequibo area. Woolford noted that once the main lines are already installed, getting the water to the homes comes at the expense of GWI.

Resident Rajpaul Narine said he was extremely happy that water was finally in his area. Another resident, Mala Smith opened her main pipe and proudly displayed running water for the first time in her yard.

“Thank you. We have light, now we have water. I understand everything can’t come at once but we are seeing that development in many forms is coming!”

Story and Images: Ganesh Mahipaul.