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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 09:03

Water filters for hinterland homes, schools, health facilities

The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has announced plans to put water filters in homes, schools and health facilities in the hinterland and riverine communities. Addressing the media at a press conference Wednesday at GWI’s Shelter Belt, Vlissengen Road, GWI’s Director Dr. Richard Van-West Charles explained that the water company is working with the regional authorities in Regions One, Seven and Nine to ensure supply and access to safe drinking water for those communities that currently do not have safe access to the service.news 201611099 4

The filters being sourced are ones that “we know work,” and ones that “remove 100 percent bacteria, fungi and viruses.” The filters are tested and used internationally by several organisations, and at one time, in Haiti, Dr. Van-West Charles said.
Dr. Van-West Charles explained that many of the communities, many of their health facilities, and their schools, are using contaminated water from the rivers.
The director said that the water company is working to find sustainable solutions to address these communities’ water woes and in the interim it has begun to purchase water filters for distribution to schools, health centres and hospitals.
“We are distributing the filters so that they can use them and ensure that the water they drink is safe. We are looking to provide these filters, whilst we look at having more funds to have wells available for the distribution within these communities,” Dr. Van-West Charles said.
GWI has thus far distributed water filters in Kamarang, Region Seven. This community recently suffered from a diarrhoeal outbreak. It was suspected that the river water that is used by the residents for drinking and domestic purposes has been contaminated. (GINA)

Source:http://guyanachronicle.com/

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