September 27, 2016

GWI partners with Region 9 to address El Niño crisis

Aimed at offering relief to the hundreds of residents in Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) during the prolonged dry season, the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) is collaborating with the region and the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) for this reason.
This was according to a statement from the nation’s water supplier which stated that the company has already commenced work in the region, assessing the situation.

Assessment ongoing in Region Nine

Assessment ongoing in Region Nine

These assessments would be followed up by discussions with GWI’s technical team and the regional administration on deriving strategies to provide for short, medium and long-term resolutions.
These discussions so far have included GWI’s Executive Director (Infrastructure, Planning and Implementation) Ramchand Jailal; as well as the region’s Deputy REO, Regional Vice Chairman and regional Engineer.
In addition, the company has engaged the service of experienced Hydro-Geologist Roger Simon, to overlook the process and further advise the team on what solutions would be more effective.
During the analysis phase of the project, the expert had observed that within the region, there are a number of facilities which can be used on a short-term basis to provide adequate water to the stricken villages.
These advantages included the existence of elevated storage tanks, which can be developed to circulate water throughout an entire village.
The team reported that constructing stand pipes to be extended at convenient locations within the village could possibly provide water for the residents.
So far, the team has additionally sketched out strategies so that the springs and hand dug wells in the villages which have dried up, can be connected to the main water system, in an effort to alleviate the hardship of residents having to walk for miles to obtain water.
This will also ensure that schools, hospitals and other major public facilities have a constant supply of water for this period and until a permanent solution is drafted.
To craft a more permanent solution, the team, after observing that almost all the wells in the region have dried up, has already formed partnerships with the regional administration to address this issue.
Based on information, the company will be facilitating the construction of new wells that are expected to be completed before the end of 2016.
In all these strategies, the team however has concerns about the sanitation of the water, and whether it will be sanitary enough for consumption.
As such, they have indicated that they will be preventing the risk of contamination by cementing the areas from exposure and distributing chlorine tablets frequently to residents.
GWI has assured the region that they will be working tediously in order to ease their inconvenience and prevent a reoccurrence of this type of situation.
Thus far, the team has been able to provide significant help to Annai, Aishalton and Katoonarib in ensuring water is accessible within these communities.

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