|Buena Vista residents access clean, potable water|
|Written by Administrator|
|Thursday, 15 April 2010 00:00|
Over 410 residents of Buena Vista Village in the Corozal District now have access to safe and clean potable water as a result of an upgraded rudimentary water system. The system was officially inaugurated on Saturday afternoon, April 10th, 2010. The rehabilitation of the system included the construction of a new pump house close to the newly drilled water well with security fencing, electrification of the pump house,purchasing and installation of a chlorinator and submersible water pump, the purchasing of PVC pipes and fittings, community trenching and the installation of a 7,000 ft of transmission line from the well to the water tank.
The project was implemented by the Social Investment Fund, a statutory body under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Development. It was financed by the Government of Belize through a $129,766.00 dollar loan from the Caribbean Development Bank. The community provided labor for the project. Prior to the rehabilitation of the water system, which was constructed in 2004, the villagers complained that the water was salty and unsuitable for human consumption. Further investigation revealed that the system’s well had collapsed resulting in the salty water. Hence, the villagers limited the use of water from the system to washing and bathing only. Many villagers went back to the use of hand-dug wells for their drinking water supply while others purchased purified water.
The entire population of Buena Vista Village will benefit from the upgraded system, which will provide clean and safe drinking water to all residents. Water will be chlorinated in order to eliminate any water-borne diseases. The new well has the capacity to supply water to all 130 households connected to the system and residents will have a higher volume of water supply thus solving shortage, salty water and low pressure previously experienced.
The village of Buena Vista is located in the Corozal District approximately 22 miles south of Corozal Town. The village residents dedicate themselves to the cultivation of sugar cane for the export market. However, due to the decline of sugar cane prices, many farmers have left the field and are now working at the Corozal Free Zone, the papaya and construction industries. The guest speaker for the occasion was Hon Gabriel Martinez, Minister of Labor, Local Government and Rural Development and Corozal South West Area Representative. Other speakers included representatives of the Social Investment Fund and the Buena Vista Water Board and Village Council.