Water well to be drilled at Khan Hill under Budget 2021

– others to be drilled within Region One

Residents of Khan Hill in the Mabaruma sub-region will soon benefit from improved access to potable water through the Guyana Water Incorporated’s (GWI) work programme under Budget 2021.

Minister of Housing and Water, Hon. Collin Croal revealed this plan for the community at a ministerial outreach in Mabaruma over the weekend.

“Many of the communities along the way, all the way down to Yarakita will be benefitting from increased water supply,” said Minister Croal.

Minister of Housing and Water, Hon. Collin Croal

The well at Khan Hill will form part of a series of wells to be drilled within the Region using a new rig procured by GWI.

These works will be supported by an electrometer system that is currently being installed to enhance water distribution.

“By April, the [Mabaruma] compound, the Barabina, the Wanaina, all of those systems right through up to Wanaina will be interconnected on the same level. So, whatever you are getting as Hosororo, you will get here too.”

Additionally, a number of households at Chan-A-Sue junction and a number of other areas will gain access to GWI’s grid.

Plans are also in the pipeline to further extend the system, but this will be limited to water capacity.

While these projects proceed, Minister Croal stated that in relation to housing opportunities in Khan Hill, his Ministry intends to pursue legal avenues through the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) to allocate lots to residents.

Following a series of inspections led by Minister Croal, GWI had upgraded the water trestle in Mabaruma compound so that public buildings can have access to increased pressure.

The previous tank within the compound was replaced with four new tanks as part of that project.

Under the 2020 emergency budget, $130 million was invested in hinterland water service expansion and management. Minister Croal’s contributions at the community discussion was part of a wider set of engagements in the region, led by Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Hon. Nigel Dharamlall.