Efforts are underway by the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) to further improve the quality of service provided to residents in the Plaisance/Sparendaam areas.
This was the assurance given by Managing Director of the Utility company, Dr. Richard Van-West Charles on Saturday during a community outreach with residents of those areas at the Plaisance Market Tarmac, a release from GWI said yesterday.
Acknowledging that there exists a high level of iron content in the water provided on the coastland, Van-West Charles said that within 2-3 weeks, GWI will be introducing a product called SeaQuest in the Plaisance/ Sparendaam areas to reduce the iron content.
GWI said that the product has already been introduced in areas such as the Essequibo Coast, Berbice, Agricola, Clonbrook and Goed Fortuin, and has resulted in the improved quality of water.
In addition to SeaQuest, the company will also be flushing the pipelines. Van-West Charles told the residents that GWI wants to arrive at the point where the residents will be able to drink the water coming out of their taps.
Improving the water pressure and increasing the hours of service in those areas are also high on the utility’s agenda. An elevated tank is soon to be activated to sustain the water supply to residents and improve the water pressure.
Van West-Charles said that the company wants to get to 24/7 supply of good quality water as well as ensuring that the pressure is such that overhead tanks would no longer be needed.
He pleaded with the residents to report leaks and to help to protect the infrastructure. GWI will also be partnering with the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils to ensure that the infrastructure is protected.
The Managing Director also stressed the need for residents to pay off their debt, as he disclosed that the debt owed to GWI from Goedverwagting to Plaisance stands at approximately $128M, with residents of Plaisance owing some $60M of that amount.
Van-West Charles said that GWI is continuously monitoring television stations and letters in the press to address service delivery issues.