[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Wastewater Revolving Fund (GWRF) has now officially engaged its First Generation Project with Ashmins Fun Park and Resorts (Splashmins and Madewini Villas) being the first private sector company to access financing to construct a wastewater treatment plant.
This project will see 100 percent of wastewater generated by the company being treated to acceptable standards as outlined in the provisions of the LBS Protocol before being discharged into the environment and is worth US$300,000.
According to a press release from the Ministry of Communities, the wastewater treatment plant will be constructed to treat 139,000 litres of wastewater daily. The plant will be used to divert and treat all wastewater generated on both the Splashmins Fun Park and Resort and Madewini Villas. Treated wastewater will be reused for irrigation in vital operation across the sites.
“As Guyana promotes tourism as part of its economic development the implementation of international best practices with respect to the protection of the environment must be realized to attract and meet the demands of international tourists, Minister Ronald Bulkan indicated at the signing ceremony on Friday, September 4.
Bulkan noted that even though Guyana has an abundant supply of water, unlike some countries, this precious resource must be used with care and there needs to be a new thinking of water being an important commodity. Currently, very little attention is paid in this area although water is a scarce resource. He pointed out that wastewater when treated could be reused for many purposes including agriculture.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will be assisting with the implementation of this project. Leslie Ann Edwards, IDB Representative said that the Bank is proud with its partnership with the Government and hopes the project achieves its expected outcomes.
The Guyana Wastewater Revolving Fund is one of four such pilot financing mechanisms (the others are in Belize, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago) and has had measured success in facilitating policy discussions, dialogue, and knowledge exchange regarding wastewater management with key stakeholders in the sector.
In 2010, Guyana committed to prevent the further environmental deterioration of its terrestrial and coastal waters through the signing of the Cartagena Convention and the ratification of its associated protocols.
With assistance from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the GOG entered into an agreement through the Caribbean Regional Fund for Waste Management (CReW) project to tackle its unique wastewater issues.
The Global Environment Facility in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has set up the Caribbean Regional Fund for Wastewater Management (CReW) dedicated to testing pilot financing mechanisms that can be used to provide sustainable financing for environmentally sound and cost-effective wastewater management.