Following the establishment of water treatment plants at Uitvlugt, Diamond and Sheet Anchor to be completed by yearend, more than 50,000 households will benefit.While over 4,000 households within Vergenoegen, Region 3 (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) will soon be able to gain access to potable water through the establishment of a well—including ongoing works on wells at Pouderoyen and Westminister, which are expected to be completed by August 2019— these wells are expected to increase the capacity of the three water treatment plants installed in the region, whilst improving service delivery to residents.Speaking with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles said the efficiency of treating water goes in tandem with the agency’s metering efforts.“We know that the water is being treated but the metering has allowed us to take two stations off… we have been able to reduce the operational cost by taking two stations which are now redundant in case of one of the stations going down, we can then re-activate one of the two,” he explained.This efficiency can also be seen within the Uitvlugt and Diamond communities, according to the Managing Director, which has tightened the network and improved the water pressure.“For us at GWI, metering is critical for the improvement of the service and the level of service for people throughout the system,” Dr Van West-Charles added.For the first half of 2019, the coalition Government has expended $1.4Billion of the $2.9Billion allocated to improve potable water supply and distribution systems.Thus far, to ensure efficient management of this valuable resource, GWI has installed 3,952 water meters in 1,271 communities across Regions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10 to reduce the loss of non-revenue water. This speaks to approximately 8,640 cubic metres each month.In the Berbice area, roughly 60% of the metering activities have been completed under the New Amsterdam Water Treatment Plant Project. This reduction in non-revenue water will allow for improved delivery of water to residents of Sandvoort by increasing water pressure in the mains.In addition, works will commence in the second half of the year on the expansion of Parika water supply systems. Upgrades to the water distribution network and transmission mains at Orealla, Ithaca and Kingelly are set to commence and are expected to be completed by year-end.New pumps were also installed at water treatment plants in Linden, more specifically Watooka, Amelia’s Ward and Wisroc.
Moments after being appointed the vice president of the International Cricket Council (ICC ), AHM Mustafa Kamal on Tuesday made it clear that eradicating corruption in the gentleman’s game was one of his main aims in the near future.Initially, Kamal was set to be appointed during ICC’s Annual General Meeting in Kuala Lumpur in June, but his nomination was delayed and only the position of ICC president was filled, with Alan Isaac taking over from Sharad Pawar.In the wake of the recent controversy, where an Indian channel has exposed umpires’ willingness to fix games and pass vital information to bookies in exchange for money, Kamal said that no stone would be left unturned to ensure the game is not only played in the true spirit, but also adjudicated in an impartial manner. Speaking to Mail Today from Colombo, Kamal said: “The ICC maintains a zero-tolerance policy against corruption and now, with startling revelations about umpires too being involved in fixing, the noose has to be tightened further to ensure there is no scope to even think about crossing the line of fair play.”The ACSU (Anti-Corruption and Security Unit) of the ICC has been doing its best to ensure that fixing is wiped out from the system and every person involved with the game has been given strict instructions about what amounts to dishonesty and bringing the game to disrepute. I will personally join hands with them to ensure a corruption-free game.”Kamal further felt that if the umpires – often considered the ultimate authority on the field – have indeed stooped down to bribery and corruption, things will only get more difficult. He believes this needs to be nipped in the bud.”Players are sometimes lured because they are young and wish to live a flamboyant life way beyond their names. But if umpires too go that way, the situation worsens further. If the guardians of the game themselves falter, it sets a very negative example for the others. But first we need to investigate and see if they are guilty,” he said. Coming to his own appointment, Kamal said that it is a huge day not only for him, but also for Bangladesh cricket. “I am overwhelmed at being considered fit to hold such an important position. I feel this is not only an honour for me, but also Bangladesh cricket and the people of our country. It shows that we are taken just as seriously as the other top nations playing the game. I wish to bring repute to the nation through this appointment,” he said. Kamal also said that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is looking to finalise a fullfledged tour of India next year. Although India participated in the first Test Bangladesh ever played, the eastern neighbour has never toured India.”The BCB is in talks with its Indian counterpart to ensure that Bangladesh plays in India next year. We feel that Bangladesh has come to a level where they can provide enough of a fight to tough opponents like India. When Bangladesh held its maiden Test in Dhaka against India, it was more a case of making the game more popular in our country and also to earn revenue. But now it’s strictly a cricketing decision and we are looking to finalise things on Wednesday,” said the man who will now need to vacate his position as BCB president.advertisement