Benque Viejo del Carmen gets new BWSL and BEL offices Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:00

Belize’s most Western Municipality, Benque Viejo del Carmen now has its own joint utility office, which is now serving the Town itself, San Jose Succotz and surrounding communities. To recognize the event, the Mayor of Benque Viejo, Herlado Ramcharan Jr., was joined on Tuesday morning at number 36 Churchill Street in the picturesque Town by Managers from both the Belize Water Services and the Belize Electricity Limited to officially open the two storey concrete structure.

As accepted by Sean Fuller, Senior manager, information & communication systems and customer care at BEL, the joint utility office is the second of several borne out of a partnership between the two of the Country’s essential utilities. BEL serves over two thousand customers in Benque Viejo revealed Fuller “…who have not been able to access our service directly for over 20 years.”

For Mayor Heraldo Ramcharan Jr., the fact that now residents will no longer have to travel all the way to San Ignacio to pay their bills is a much welcoming one.

“I would like to express my gratitude on behalf of the people of Benque Viejo, to BWS and BEL for the opening of a new office and for your great services in our Town, we also thank our Representative the Honourable Erwin Contreras for pushing and making sure that the people in the new extended areas can benefit of these indispensable resources.”

Also in his address on Tuesday, Alberto August, Chairman of the Belize Water Services reviewed the activities of expansion in the surrounding areas. The Belize Water Services is currently operating 17 work crews around the Country said August “…expanding water services as well as maintaining and upgrading our water infrastructure country-wide.”

In Benque, BWS is working in the area of the Nazarene Primary School installing almost three thousand feet of three inch water mains for 60 new customers at a cost of over a hundred thousand dollars. Furthermore, an additional one hundred and fifty thousand dollars is being expended as water services is being expanded to San Jose Succotz where two thousand three hundred feet of three inch mains, one thousand six hundred feet of four inch mains and one thousand three hundred feet of six inch mains are being put in place.

Tuesday’s official opening of the joint utility building in Benque now brings to eleven the number of offices that BWS now operate country-wide. In addition to the BWS headquarters in Belize City, other offices exist in such disparate places as in Corozal, Orange Walk, San Pedro, Belmopan, Santa Elena, Placencia, Dangriga and Punta Gorda. BWS offers a special service to customers on Tuesdays and Thursdays of every week in Caye Caulker.

With the acquisition of the new jointly held building in Benque, along with the furniture and equipment, BWS now adds an additional half a million dollars to its tangible asset holdings.

For the Hon. Erwin Contreras, Representative of the Cayo West Division, who had been pushing BWS for many years to open its office in Benque, it is a long held dream come true. Adding to this forward movement, the BWS Board was recently advised by Management that the time to move to Benque was now at hand with the water expansion projects in both Benque and Succotz and a subsequent expansion of it’s customer base.