|Water and Electricity for Residents of San Isidro Village, Toledo|
|Written by Administrator|
|Thursday, 22 April 2010 00:00|
On Friday April 16th, the Ministry of Economic Development, Commerce, Industry and Consumer Protection, in collaboration with the European Union, officially inaugurated the San Isidro Village Rudimentary Water System and Electrification Project. The project in San Isidro Village, located about a mile from Bella Vista Village on the Southern Highway, was financed by the Government of Belize and the European Union as part of the Banana Belt Clean Water Project.
The Banana Belt Clean Water project aims to provide clean potable water to over2,035 residents in Trio, Bladen, San Isidro and San Pablo villages in the Toledo District and is a collaborative effort between the European Union and the Social Investment Fund, a statutory body under the Ministry of Economic Development. The targeted villages are poor communities, which experience critical water shortages especially during the dry season. The situation in these villages has continuously posed health hazards from water borne illnesses. The provision of potable water to these four communities is therefore considered urgent and beneficial to their social and economic development.
The scope of works for the San Isidro Rudimentary Water system included the construction of a 20,000 gallon Ferro-concrete elevated tank reinforced for earthquake resistance, a pump house with generator, a submersible pump with chlorinator unit and 17,910 feet of transmission and distribution lines. The cost for the project is estimated at just over $451, 000.00. Of this amount, the Government of Belize contributed $113,000.00. Over 300 persons in San Isidro Village will benefit from the project.