Chinese company to construct three water plants

-77,000 to benefit

The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) yesterday signed contracts for the construction of three water treatment plants in Regions Three, Four and Six, the Department of Public Information (DPI) said.

Chinese company Sinohydro will build the three plants, which total more than US$30M, in Uitvlugt, West Bank Demerara; Diamond, East Bank Demerara; and Sheet Anchor, Canje Berbice. DPI said that the contract also makes provision for the replacement and installation of transmission mains in the project areas.

Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan said that the realisation of the water plants is part of the administration’s drive to bring the good life to all through the provision of safe potable water.   Bulkan stressed the need for “value for money” while cautioning the contractor that this will be “lawfully enforced”.

Managing Director of GWI Dr. Richard Van West-Charles (right) and Project Manager of Siohydro, Hong Zhou shake hands on the contract for the water treatment plants (DPI photo)

Performing her final duties as Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Dawn Hastings-Williams said that the plants will prove to be energy efficient and cost effective for GWI.

The Minister said 6,764 households will benefit from the water plants in Region Three, on the East Bank of Demerara 9,292 households stand to gain while 4,629 households will benefit from the water treatment plant in Canje, Berbice Region Six. The per capita investment is around $30, 000 per household.

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