Ministry greenlights US$12mn IDB loan for Linden water service

- Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ministry greenlights US$12mn IDB loan for Linden water service

Guyana's finance ministry has signed a US$12mn IDB loan to modernize the water distribution system in Guyana's second largest city, Linden, according to a government release.

Work will include building two treatment plants, two reservoirs to secure water supply and better pressure for the city, and building and rehabilitating 10km of pipelines.

The five-year project will also help cut national water utility Guyana Water Incorporated's (GWI) annual energy spending in Linden from US$232,000 to US$140,000, reducing unbilled water from 65% to less than 50%.

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Finally, the initiative will address GWI's institutional strengthening needs in Linden via technical support for operations and maintenance, environmental and social safeguards, water quality monitoring and data collection for monitoring purposes.

The program is expected to ensure a reliable supply of potable water to every household in the region, benefiting some 30,000 residents.

Linden is the capital of the Alto Demerara-Berbice region, and is located on the Demerara river, 100km inland from the Atlantic coast.