One hundred and forty eight (148) students of the Sand Creek Secondary School dormitory will be relieved of fetching water, following a commitment by the Guyana Water Incorporated to look at alternatives to provide water to the facility.
One option is to channel water from a nearby creek as an interim measure, after a water quality test is completed. GWI is also working to activate a new well that was drilled through a joint initiative with GWI and the Pan American Health Organization.
These solutions were derived during community meetings with village leaders and residents at the weekend of March 2 and 3, 2019.
A permanent solution will be the addition of four storage tanks along with pipelines, which will be laid some 1,300 meters from the tanks to the dorms. The school’s distribution network will also be redesigned to allow for an adequate water supply throughout the school compound.
Managing Director Dr. Richard Van West-Charles told the gathering that GWI will collaborate with the Regional Executive Officer to address plumbing issues at the sanitary blocks at the health center and the school.
Since the latter part of January to date, GWI has visited 33 communities in Region 9 and logged 12 wells. Works are also underway for the installation of distribution networks in Deep South in eight communities, water quality testing, mapping of the communities and well development among other things.