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More water and electricity for Banana Belt Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 July 2010 00:00

The Ministry of Economic Development, Commerce, Industry and Consumer Protection, in collaboration with the European Union,  has announced the official inauguration of the San Pablo Village Rudimentary Water System and  the Electrification Project to be held on Friday, 23 July 2010 at the project site in San Pablo Village, Toledo District.

The water project in San Pablo Village, located about nine miles southwest 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. 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 Pablo Village Rudimentary Water system included the construction of a 20,000 gallon Ferro-concrete elevated tank reinforced for earthquake resistance, a pump house and chlorinator unit, a filtration gallery and the installation of 6,520 feet of transmission and distribution lines.  The cost for the project is estimated at just over $424,000 Belize dollars. Of this amount, the Government of Belize contributed $106,000 Belize dollars and the remaining sum provided by the European Union.  Over 250 residents of San Pablo Village will benefit from the project, which was implemented by the Social Investment Fund, a statutory body under the Ministry of Economic Development. 
 
In addition to the launch of the Rudimentary Water System, the electrification project for San Pablo Village has also been implemented by Belize Electricity Limited as part of the Banana Belt Electrification Project. Under the project, seven communities in the area have been connected to the national electricity grid. The communities are: Santa Cruz, Monkey River, San Isidro, Trio, Bladen, Cowpen and San Pablo being the last village to benefit 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 Pablo Village electrification project is approximately BZ$900,000 of which the Government of Belize has contributed BZ$225,000. The remaining sum was financed by the European Union.

The project in San Pablo completes the provision of water systems to four communities in the Banana Belt; namely, Trio, Bladen, San Isidro and now San Pablo.  The total cost of the four water systems is about BZ$1.72 million.  Of this amount, the Government provided BZ$437,000.