GWI working to provide water access in Moblissa, Bamia
The long wait by some 250 residents of Moblissa on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway for access to potable water will soon be over as the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) will be rehabilitating a water supply system in the community.
GWI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Shaik Baksh and a technical team on Tuesday visited the sparsely populated community to assess the water situation, the Department of Public Information (DPI) reported. This follows a recent visit to the community by the Minister within the Housing and Water Ministry, Susan Rodrigues, during which residents decried their situation.
Having assessed the situation, GWI will be examining the productive capacity of the existing well within the next two weeks. If this proves successful, a photovoltaic system will be installed.
Additionally, a trestle which was constructed in the community but never utilised will be equipped with black water tanks as part of the rehabilitation works. This facility will serve as a central location for residents to access potable water, bringing much-needed relief.
One of the residents, Thelca Neblett, who lives in close proximity to the existing well, has installed her own pipes to access water from there, for which she was commended.
Another resident, Tangamu Ngquondo said that he was grateful for the visit by the GWI team and even assured that the community members were willing to lend their support in the form of self-help to ensure potable water access.
Residents in the community primarily access water from the Moblissa Creek or via rainwater harvesting.
Clinical attendant Debra Cornelius said that they would be most grateful for the intervention since water is life and without it the health centre could not function effectively.
Meanwhile, the CEO highlighted that the community was mainly agricultural-based, hence other interventions will have to be done, but not necessarily by GWI. He alluded specifically to an intervention to bring water from the creeks so that residents can have access to water for their cattle and farming.
At the community of Bamia, which is also sparsely populated, a further study has to be done by the utility company to determine how the community will gain access to potable water. Baksh explained that drilling a well was a large investment and the company would, therefore, have to determine the feasibility, give the scattered housing and the small population in the community.