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Potable water for Lethem residents


Potable water for Lethem residents

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GEORGETOWN – HUNDREDS OF RESIDENTS of New Culvert City and other parts of Lethem have begun benefitting from potable water, as a new well has been commissioned by the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI).

The new Culvert City Well, in Region Nine has a depth of about 187 feet, and is equipped with a 5-horsepower pump, with a distribution system of over 12 cubic metres per hour.

Present at the commissioning on Wednesday were Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock, GWI’s Chief Executive Officer Richard Van West-Charles, Mayor of Lethem Carlton Beckles and Deputy Mayor, Maxine Welch.

According to Van West-Charles, this new facility is part of the water company’s effort to provide safe water to the residents of Region Nine, in face of the current drought.

“We at GWI, we want to, as we move forward with our new strategic plan, pay more direct attention to the whole issue of a sustainable approach for water in Region Nine for human consumption, agriculture, tourism and so on. We are now looking at how we can engage other actors with the expertise to more or less look at the situation here,” Van West-Charles stated.

Explaining that GWI is moving to test the water which is being distributed to the residents, and to the health and education facilities within Region Nine, Van West-Charles said the intention is to ensure that the water is of an acceptable quality.

The water company’s laboratory in Georgetown, which was recently re-established, will be working with the staff in Region Nine, who will be collecting samples to send to the laboratory for testing.

Meanwhile, Minister Allicock pointed out that his Ministry is working with GWI to ensure all the villages, especially those involved in farming, are supplied with potable water.

He said while Government would like to get more of the wells in place, there is need for research, planning, funding and the technical personnel to ensure quality work to satisfy the needs of the people.

Region Nine communities have been facing severe challenges sourcing potable due to the prolonged El Nino weather conditions. The Civil Defence Commission and GWI have had to make several interventions to alleviate the water situation. (GINA)