The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has commenced evaluating a food-based agent called “Seaquest” which has the ability to improve water quality by reducing the effect of iron present in water.
According to the GWI, this is part of its overall water quality improvement programme which is presently being executed by the company’s Scientific Services and Technical Services Departments.
INews understands that the product is being evaluated in the communities of Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara, Agricola, East Bank Demerara, Clonbrook, East Coast Demerara and Ithaca, Berbice.
These communities were selected since they were deemed as ‘ideal’ for the testing of Seaquest as the water content in those areas has been noted to be high in iron.
GWI Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Richard Van West-Charles and the project team attended meetings in the aforementioned communities in order to provide information to residents on the Seaquest product.
Scientific Services Manager of the GWI, Donna Canterbury, stated that Seaquest is a food-based agent which has the ability to chemically disable the iron present in water from oxidizing.
The product has been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Drinking Water Inspectorate, London and has been certified by NSF International (National Sanitation Foundation), United States.
It is safe for consumption by humans and animals.