Guyana Seeks $3.5B Loan for New Water Filter System

Works are in the pipeline for the approval of a more than $3.5 billion loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) for the purchase of a new and improved water filter system.

Dr. Richard Van West-Charles, GWI’s managing director, told the Department of Public Information that the decision to replace the filter system came after thorough researching and testing, the Guyana Chronicle reported.

“Where there is high iron and hydrosulphide, those filters will clean the water and all of the water produced will be in total compliance with the World Health Organization [WHO] standards,” Van West-Charles said. “We are all compliant with respect to microbiology with the exception if there are breakages in the distribution system.”

He said that the terms of reference are presently being prepared and part of the loan will also look at the feasibility of using water from the Hope Canal, located on the East Coast of Demerara with the aim to provide more water availability for the population on the coast.

“Our aim at GWI is to erase the consumption of unhealthy water and boost supply. With these filters, persons will not have reason to complain about rust, their clothes or tiles been stained when using the water for domestic purposes,” he said.

The initiative is also in keeping with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #6 which ensures access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030, investment in suitable infrastructure, sanitation, facilities and hygiene at every level.

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