[www.inewsguyana.com] – Residents of Manchester, Lancaster and Liverpool, located in East Berbice-Corentyne, Region Six, are now accessing potable water, following the commissioning of a new well at Manchester.
The well was constructed at a cost of $90.4M by Water and Oil Wells Service Corporation Limited and has a depth of 310 meters and a pump performance of 2.6 cubic metres per minute which is equivalent to 75 black tanks of water per hour.
Minister of Housing and Water, Irfaan Ali, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of the Guyana Water Inc., Shaik Baksh and Region Six Chairman, Permaul Armogan were among attendees of the commissioning on Friday, February 13.
Minister Ali spoke of the importance of development and its continuity noting that, there was a time when the housing programme was non-existent, but “today we have a housing programme which has moved the age of ownership from an average of 57 years to 34 years…there was a time when interest rates for homes were close to 40 %, today you can get interest rate for housing at 4.2% and there was a time when we had 0% coverage for treated water, today we have close to 50% coverage of treated water,” Minister Ali explained.
The goal is to take treated water coverage to 60% in the short- term, however, Minister Ali noted that to achieve this, there is a need for continuity of the development agenda, policy and predictability.
The Minister added that even as the well was commissioned, the way forward was also being planned, with a priority to ensure that every Guyanese has access to treated water. [Extracted and modified from GINA]