In excess of 400 residents within the north west hinterland communities of Kamwatta and Koko (Region 1) will soon benefit from the construction of new well stations and the installation of standpipes by the Guyana Water Incorporated.
According to a GWI release the project which costs over $10 million, includes the construction of well stations, erection of overhead 1800 gallon storage tanks, and installation of stand-pipes in strategic locations to allow for convenience and easy accessibility to potable water.
The programme was commissioned following an investigation by GWI’s Hinterland Manager, Osei Manifold, which revealed the water supply challenges facing the communities. Particularly hard hit are the residents of Koko, who rely on the collection of rain water in ‘hand dug wells’ to harvest their crops, but due to the prolonged dry season are unable to do so.
The venture forms part of GWI’s general Hinterland Water Supply Improvement Programme which received over $130 million from the administration for 2015.