Guyana Water Incorporated


Improvements in the supply of, and access to, safe water and sanitation services are critical to achieving the objectives of the Government of Guyana in reducing poverty levels. The Government of Guyana clearly recognises the links between water, sanitation and poverty, and with the support of institutions such as DFID, the IADB and The World Bank, has embarked on a reform programme to improve water sanitation
services across Guyana as part of the national Poverty Reduction Strategy.

The Government of Guyana has recognised the failure of previous experiments in improving rural and interior water supply through provincial-level organisations as well as the relatively poor performance
of Guyana Water Authority (GUYWA). It was decided that a merger of GUYWA and GS&WC to form Guyana Water Inc. (GWI) is the best option to provide sufficient critical operational mass. GWI has therefore embarked on analysing and augmenting existing Needs Assessments and developing a Service Improvement Strategy and Associated Action for integrated water supply and on-site sanitation services in the Hinterland.

Operating Target:

To ensure that safe water is available to or supplied to 80% of all settlements in the Hinterland, through sustainable and cost effective locally appropriate means.

Currently there are several organisations, including Government Departments and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) involved in the water delivery process, sanitation and health improvement initiatives to the Hinterland of Guyana.

A long-term, integrated and workable strategy is necessary if the Guyana Water Inc. (GWI) vision, to provide safe and affordable water and appropriate sanitation for all, is to be achieved for the Hinterland. Delivery of specific parts of the Service Improvement Programme will require devolving delivery to NGO or community-based organizations.

Fundamental to the success of this programme (or any like it for that matter) will be the involvement of village captains, community members, regional development councils, government agencies and line Ministries, NGOs and other role players. This will include community participation in all aspects of the decision making process relating to project implementation with respect to all service deliveries.

The need for an integrated approach to rural water supply issues in the Hinterland as well as sanitation, health and hygiene and community organisation and management are key to the success of this programme.