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Water and Electricity for Residents of San Isidro Village, Toledo Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 April 2010 00:00

Hon. Eden Martinez sampling the potable water from the San Isidro RWSOn 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 over

2,035 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.
In addition to the launch of the Rudimentary Water System, the electrification project for San Isidro has also been implemented by Belize Electricity Limited as part of the Banana Belt Electrification Project, which was also financed by the Government of Belize and the European Union. Under the project, seven communities in the area are being connected to the national electricity grid. The communities are: Santa Cruz, Monkey River, San Isidro, Trio, Bladen, Cowpen and San Pablo.  The villages of Santa Cruz and Monkey River have already benefitted from the project. The electrification project will not just benefit local residents but banana workers and growers, small businesses and small manufacturers of local products. The total cost of the San Isidro Village electrification project is approximately $350,000.00 of which the Government of Belize has contributed $87,500.00. The remaining sum was financed by the European Union.