GWI working to resolve water woes in Linden

Dr. Richard Van West-Charles speaking at the meeting with Region 10 Chairman
A section of the group at the meeting
A section of the group at the meeting

[] – The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI has heighted activities to resolve the water supply challenges experienced by residents of Linden.

A release from the company noted that its Chief Executive, Dr. Richard Van West-Charles convened a meeting on Friday, December 18 with Regional Chairman, Renis Morian to provide an update on the remedial works being implemented by GWI to improve the level of access and quality of water provided to customers of Linden.

Present at the meeting were IMC Chairman Orin Gordon, representatives of the Regional Democratic Council, Sandra Adams, Elymuwell Barkoye and Stanley Collins as well as members of the business community and other stakeholders.

According to the release, Senior Engineer and Head of Technical Services, GWI, Dwayne Shako presented an update on the programme to correct the design flaws found in the filtration system utilized by the new water treatment facilities at Amelia’s Ward and Wisroc.

Dr. Richard Van West-Charles speaking at the meeting with Region 10 Chairman
Dr. Richard Van West-Charles speaking at the meeting with Region 10 Chairman

“The new facilities form part of the Government of Guyana and Inter-American Development Bank funded Linden Water Supply and Rehabilitation Programme (LWSRP),” GWI noted.

The GWI Engineer explained that following a review by an IDB Consultant, it was determined that the process design of the facilities was flawed including the use of incorrect filter media.

“Filter media is vital to the ability of the treatment plant to provide safe, potable water,” stated Shako, “hence GWI will be replacing the filter media and installing a geotextile membrane which will allow both facilities to function at full capacity and increase the amount of water available for customers of Wisroc and Amelia’s Ward.”

According to GWI, he indicated that the company would be working in the swiftest manner possible to complete this task by the end of February 2016.

Meanwhile, to further improve the performance of the facilities at Wisroc and Amelia’s Ward, GWI will be installing another hypochlorite tank in January 2016 which will aid in the purification process.

“Other enhancements include the reconfiguration of piping systems and the installation of a variable speed device for a more efficient treatment process. In addition, the new facilities will work in conjunction with the older water treatment plants including the LPC Plant and the facilities at West Watooka and McKenzie.”

According to the release, Dr. Van West-Charles indicated that the company will also be improving access to water through the reduction of leaks.

The Chief Executive further stated that the names and photographs of all the GWI employees working within the newly formed Leak Detection Unit will be published since these employees will be working after 18:00hours (6:00PM) on particular days.



  1. Dr. Van West Charles don’t know how much longer you will be able to function at GWI. If my news tells me right that Board Chairman Nigel Hinds will be pulling all from under you. He is a traitor and the APNU/AFC government had better take a step back with him.


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