Residents of ‘D’ and ‘E’ Fields, Sophia now have access to running water in their homes for the first time in many years.
The project entailed the extension of transmission lines from newly rehabilitated wells in North Ruimveldt and Turkeyen to Sophia. Over 20,000 residents are benefitting from the recently completed works.
Councillor of Constituency 6, Mr. Lyndon Hilliman has welcomed the new service connections noting that, “We waited a long time but it was worth the wait. The service is great in terms of the pressure and quality is better than before….it is also less time consuming because now we are getting easy access from our taps”.
He also highlighted that, “Parents no longer have to worry about the safety of their children who used to go the blacka…now they can go to the tap and get water right away”.
Mr. Hilliman added too that he has been able to reduce his electricity cost, since the pressure of water flowing doesn’t require a pump to fill his tank.
Another Councillor, Ms. Andriea Marks said, “It is a pleasure having the new government in power. They bring a great relief to Sophia residents who haven’t had water for about three years now. It’s a great relief to wake up in the morning and there is water and it is proper.”
Additionally, GWI will be laying one and a half miles of pipe to improve water supply in ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ Fields and erecting stand pipes in areas of Sophia that have not yet been regularised, so as to avoid breakage of lines.
Sophia residents are expected to commence payment for water services from January, 2017.
Thus far for 2016, GWI has provided water access to a number of communities for the first time. These include Lamaha Park, Georgetown, Little Diamond Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara; Hill Foot and Back Street, Soesdyke/Linden Highway; Liverpool Middle Walk Dam Squatting Area; Number One Road, Fyrish; Auchlyne; Tarlogie; Grant 1780 Crabwood Creek; Glasgow Public Village; Sandvoort Village; Canfield New Area and Number 72 Village, Corentyne, Berbice.
GWI is also in the process of installing service connections in communities such as Andy Ville, Linden; Timehri North and Angoy’s Avenue, Berbice. These exercises are part of GWI’s drive to ensure equal access to potable water for all citizens.