GWI Intervenes to Provide First-Time Water Access

Sunday, September 24, 2017 – Georgetown, Guyana Walking long distances to fetch water is now a thing of the past for the residents of Tucville Terrace, following intervention by the Guyana Water Incorporated to bring relief. 

Tucville Terrace is a small squatting area in Georgetown, which is seeking to become regularized. While this is yet to be done, GWI’s Managing Director, Dr. Richard Van West-Charles has responded to a request by village representatives to provide water service connections to the families there. Now, some 25 households, inclusive of children and babies have access to 24 hrs potable water in their homes.

Following the laying of the new pipelines and installation of new service connections, Chairperson of GWI’s Board of Directors & Georgetown Mayor, Mrs. Patricia Chase-Green, Dr. Van West-Charles and other GWI officials visited the area on Saturday, September 23 to take a look at the work done and speak with the beneficiaries.

Dr. Van West-Charles noted that he was happy to intervene after being approached by Mrs. Patricia Fraser, a village representative; some four months ago.  He explained that although providing new service connections for the area was not in the making, the decision was made to invest resources to make it happen.

The Managing Director commended Mrs. Fraser for the bold step in approaching GWI and encouraged the residents to cooperate with each other with the aim of improving the quality of life for their community.

Mrs. Chase-Green encouraged them to take the next step to approach the Central Housing and Planning Authority to become regularized. She pledged to work with them in ensuring the village is equipped with the basic amenities by means of the correct procedures.

Mrs. Fraser thanked Dr. Van West-Charles and the workers of GWI for fulfilling their request promptly and relieving their prolonged burden of having to depend on the rain or fetch water from far distances. “I thank Dr. Van West-Charles that when I make the approach that he listened and then he called Mr. Pearson and I would thank all of them because they give us they promise and they never fall down on it”.

Many of the other beneficiaries also expressed their gratitude in having access to running water for the first time.

“I feel very good to be getting water after so many years and I glad that this could put in place, instead you got to deh thieving water and these sorta things, you pay for it”, said Mr. Linden Adams, who is a member of a family of five.

Forty-four year old Mr. Terrence noted, “ I living here for the past 25 years…it was a good step that GWI made because this is what we been needing, because we are people, not because they call the land squatting.”

Another resident, Ms. Abena Lyken who has been living in Tucville Terrace for some 19 years said, “This is the first time we getting legal water and to me it’s the best thing. Sometimes we used to rely on the rain ‘cause not every time you want go at people place to get water.”

GWI stands committed to ensuring all residents gain equal access to potable water throughout Guyana.