East Bank water project progressing smoothly
Guyana Chronicle
September 25, 2002

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AS PART of the countrywide modernisation of the water sector, some 65,000 people living between Eccles and Friendship, East Bank Demerara would be benefitting from a $562M investment by the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI).

The project entails the laying of transmission pipelines and refurbishing of water treatment plants within the area.

GWI Assistant Public Relations Officer, Mr. Javin Singh yesterday said work is progressing smoothly and projections indicate completion according to the nine-month schedule.

The works include the laying of transmission pipelines from Eccles to Friendship and the refurbishing of water treatment plants at Eccles, Covent Garden and Grove.

According to Singh, two contracts totalling $562M were awarded to UEM Incorporated and Toolsie Persaud Limited/GUYCO for the project.

UEM Inc., currently procuring materials, will shortly undertake the task of rehabilitating the water treatment plants, while TPL/GUYCO has already started laying transmission pipelines, he told the Chronicle yesterday.

Singh noted that TPL/GUYCO and the supervisory consultant from Atkins International Consulting are satisfied that works are progressing as expected.

Funded by the World Bank and the Government of Guyana, the project will also provide treated water to residents of the new Diamond/Grove housing scheme where some three kilometres of transmission lines are being laid to link with the distribution networks already completed in the scheme.

Another 3.2 kilometres of transmission lines are being laid along the Mocha/Arcadia road and upon completion, residents in that village will benefit from a service of treated water, he pointed out.

The community currently receives water from a well in the village that was initiated under a Futures Fund project some years ago.

However, this water is not treated and the completion of the new project will ensure Mocha residents receive high quality treated water for their everyday use, Singh assured.

He said the village's current water system will remain in place and that GWI wishes to publicly state that it has "no intention of interfering or removing the Mocha water system".

According to Singh, the transmission line being laid along the Mocha road is only being linked into the distribution system with the aim of improving the quality and level of the service.

"As part of the modernisation of the water sector, some 65,000 persons living between Eccles and Friendship are expected to benefit from this major investment and while this project should have come on stream some years ago, GWI is happy that it is now a reality in the efforts of improving services to Guyanese," Singh added. - (MARK RAMOTAR)