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Thursday, 16 March 2017 00:00

biscayne water1.jpg - 135.73 KbChairlady of Biscayne Village, Kathlyn Tillett welcomed those in attendance to her village as Belize Water Services Limited (BWSL) officially inaugurated the Biscayne Water Supply system linking Gardenia to Biscayne. “It is a whole new world for us, you can course shower or fine shower. Flushing the toilet seems like a water fountain, it is a big deal!” stated Tillett.

Biscayne has never had potable water! Residents of that village had get water from rivers and streams in the area or had to depend on water to be delivered to them by BWSL. Often times the trucks of water was not enough to suffice and at this day and age, Hon. Edmund Castro, Area Representative for Belize Rural North, explained that this was simply unacceptable.

With that, lobbying commenced for BWSL to expand its water system to Gardenia and Biscayne. The first phase of the project saw water taken to Gardenia and in September of last year that project was completed with funding from the Government of Belize through the Social Investment Fund. The first phase saw the entire Gardenia village being connected with a portion of Biscayne also hooked on to the system. But there was still need for the entire village to come on stream and funding sources had to be secured.

Speaking at the ceremony on Wednesday March 15, was Dr. Horst Michael Vogel the Head of Programme for Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions (CATS). The project is one that is seeing 10.5 million Euros invested in 8 Caribbean countries between 2013 and 2017. Under the program water systems are funded to coastal communities in the Caribbean countries to help them in climate change resilience. Now, Gardenia is no where near the coast, however when CATS approached BWSL for coastal projects to be funded, Biscayne was the one that was already prepared. Dr. Vogel said that, using all forms of contortions and fitting it to resilience to climate change, the Biscayne water project was implemented.

Coming at a cost of 1.3 million dollars, the Government of Germany granted $465,000 for the project and BWSL contributed an additional $835,000. It entailed the installation of 12,843 feet of 8-inch transmission water mains on the Philip Goldson Highway. Additionally, 3,560 feet of 6-inch distributions mains were installed in the village along with 37,400 4-inch pipes. 120 households were connected to provide 650 residents of Biscayne potable water.

Hon. Castro explained that this was part of a promise that he had made to the people of Gardenia and which he was all too happy to fulfill. When he took office, Castro explained that there were only 5 of 27 villages which had potable water, now most have a water system. He promised that Maypen, Bomba and Boston are now next to get water.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 March 2017 16:13