Creating a safer water supply in rural Guyana

Until May 2016, walking to a nearby well was the only way some villagers on the West Coast of Berbice in Guyana could get water.

Pumping hours for the well ended daily at 6.30 p.m. So until the next day, their only options were using harvested rainwater; buying bottled water; or travelling 25 minutes away from home to another distribution point.


Lovely Lass water supply upgrade sub-project in rural Guyana
A crew on the job, installing mains for the water supply system in Lovely Lass, Guyana.


The money and time spent on travel and purchasing water added up, and the health risks from potentially consuming unsafe water were great.

Today, 500 residents from the Belladrum, Lovely Lass, No. 3 and Tempie villages have better access to potable water. In April, the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) completed two water supply upgrade sub-projects in their neighbourhoods.

The sub-projects installed a total of more than 2,800 metres of distribution mains across the villages, bringing safe water closer to the rural residents.


Belladrum water supply upgrade project sign in rural Guyana
A sign in Belladrum, Guyana displays details for the water supply system upgrade sub-project.


To each sub-project, BNTF contributed USD61,750, and the Government of Guyana, USD3,250.

Both interventions were completed under BNTF’s Seventh Programme (BNTF 7).

To learn more about BNTF, visit caribank.org/bntf.

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