The Guyana Water Inc. (GWI) will drill two additional wells at Diamond, East Bank Demerara, the utility said yesterday, according to GINA.
The water company is also expected to go to tender for a water treatment plant for the area which would be able take water from both the ground and the surface.
Chief Executive Officer of GWI, Dr. Richard Van West-Charles said the treatment plant along with the two additional wells will give a better degree of service.
At present, the only well in the area is unable to supply the area with adequate pressure, GINA said. In addition, it has not been non-functioning for a few days.
The well experienced a problem in February but this was fixed. A similar problem has now shown up.
The CEO said that the current well design is very new for Guyana and it is probably the only one without a conductor casing, and “maybe this could be one of the issues.”
“The well is just about four to five years of age but clearly because of the absence of the conductor casing, the water company thinks that is one of the contributory factors to the problem that is emerging,” he said, according to GINA.
He explained that the diagnosis and intervention for the well should take about two weeks. In the meantime however, the water company is ensuring that there is distribution of water via tankers to the residents in Diamond.
Director of Operations, Dwayne Shako, said that in February, the water company found that mud was seeping from the outside into the well. He said that at the time, the water company had pumped water from the well for some time into the distribution system before it recognised the problem. Remedial work was performed.
Shako added that on Thursday, the water company had an indication that the well motor was damaged and there were signs that mud had seeped into the well again.
GWI is expected to tender for the first well very shortly and that well is expected to be completed within the next three months
Meanwhile, GWI is advising customers of Diamond Housing Scheme, that the company will be delivering water via tankers to the following schedules and areas: