Khan Hill in Region 1 soon to get improved access to potable water – Min Croal
– other wells to be drilled within Region 1
Residents of Khan Hill in Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini), will soon benefit from improved access to potable water through the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI).
This was according to Housing and Water Minister Collin Croal, who stated that the project is already catered for in the 2021 national budget.
“Many of the communities along the way, all the way down to Yarakita will be benefitting from increased water supply,” Minister Croal told residents in Mabaruma during an outreach in that region over the weekend.
The water well at Khan Hill will form part of a series of wells to be drilled within the region using a new rig procured by GWI.
These works will be supported by an electrometer system that is currently being installed to enhance water distribution.
“By April, the [Mabaruma] compound, the Barabina, the Wanaina, all of those systems right through up to Wanaina will be interconnected on the same level. So, whatever you are getting as Hosororo, you will get here too.”
Additionally, a number of households at Chan-A-Sue junction and a number of other areas will gain access to GWI’s grid. Plans are also in the pipeline to further extend the system, but this will be limited to water capacity.
In relation to housing, the Minister stated that his Ministry intends to pursue legal avenues through the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) to allocate lots to residents.
Following a series of inspections led by Croal, GWI had upgraded the water trestle in the Mabaruma compound so that public buildings can have access to increased pressure.
The previous tank within the compound was replaced with four new tanks as part of that project.
Under the 2020 Emergency Budget, $130 million was invested in hinterland water service expansion and management.
Croal’s contributions at the community discussion was part of a wider set of engagements in the region, led by Local Government and Regional Development Minister, Nigel Dharamlall.