GWI inks over US$30M contract with Chinese company for 3 water treatment plants

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-says 77,000 persons to benefit from construction

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

The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) on Thursday signed contracts for the construction of three water treatment plants in Regions Three, Four and Six.

Chinese company Sinohydro will construct the three plants, which total more than US$30M, in Uitvlugt, West Bank Demerara, Diamond, East bank Demerara, and Sheet Anchor, Canje Berbice.

The contract also makes provision for the replacement and installation of transmission mains in the project areas.

GWI in a release said that the drafting of the plans for these facilities was three years in the making and is expected to increase GWI’s water coverage by more than 60 per cent.

Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan noted the “realisation of the water plants is part of this 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 telling the contractor that this will be “lawfully enforced”.

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

“Guyana trusts your experience in doing a work well done,” Minister Hastings-Williams charged the contracting company.

The Minister pointed out 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 approximately $30, 000 per household.

The objective, of the water plants, is to improve the quality and sustainability of water supply to these communities.

Managing Director of GWI, Dr Richard Van West-Charles, noted that the three plants will complement GWI’s existing 24 water plants across Guyana. In addition to the water plants, he noted that, GWI will soon begin the construction of wells in the project regions.

West-Charles added that these plans “come within GWI’s strategic plan” which is pending the board’s approval.

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