Minister within the Ministry of Housing and Water Susan Rodrigues on Tuesday hosted an outreach in Region Five to meet with residents and listen to their concerns.
During the outreach, she told residents that the government is working to enhance treated water coverage across the region. The Ministry of Housing and Water in a Facebook Post said that there is only one treatment plant in the region, the Cotton Tree Water Treatment Plant, which serves residents from Number Six village to Shieldstown. This Minister Rodrigues said only accounts for 20% of the water coverage in the region and as such, the plant would be expanded from Shieldstown to Ithaca.
In addition to this , with funding through the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) a new water treatment plant will be constructed at Bath to the tune of GY$1.7 billion. This will see water treatment coverage increased from 20% to 78%. Residents of Fairfield also raised the issue of not having adequate access to water because of transmission lines that currently run through lands owned by the Fairfield Rice Mill.
The Guyana Water Incorporated has since collaborated with the rice millers to address the water woes and new distribution lines will be installed to provide water access to the households.