Minister Montero and BWS Team visit Work Site in Santa Elena Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 November 2012 00:00

Hon Rene Montero visits BWS sitesMinister of Works and Transport, Hon. Rene Montero and Belize Water Services Limited officials visited the work site of the Santa Elena/San Ignacio Bypass Project on Thursday, November 1st.

The BWS team included Chairman of the Board of Directors, Alberto August; Chief Executive Officer, Alvan Haynes and Technical Services Manager, Keith Hardwick.

The first phase of the project, with an estimated cost of over $5 million, is being executed by CISCO Construction Company. It includes the construction of a roundabout at the junction of George Price Highway and La Loma Luz Boulevard along with the construction of the carriageway encompassing almost all of that section on the Santa Elena side of the new bridge.

BWS is seizing the opportunity to upgrade its underground water mains and service connections in the area in order to provide increased water pressure to customers on both sides of La Loma Luz Boulevard and surrounding areas.

Like the street concreting project currently underway in Belize City, while upgrading its network of water mains and service connections, BWS is seeking to relocate the all important transmission mains onto a section of carriageways, which has proven to be more durable and cost effective both in terms of access as well as protection from future destruction occasioned by off carriageways developments, which, in every single case, result in damaging of water infrastructure.

While this relocation has been successful in the first part of the Loma Luz Project, there are indications of a request from the contractor to divert the mains off the carriageway in the lower section of the boulevard, which will result in reverting to the same vulnerable location that the company is actively seeking to avoid. This concern was expressed to Minister Montero during his visit.

As the tour was winding down, Minister Montero, who is also the elected representative of the area, invited the BWS team to visit the New Santa Elena housing area. He expressed the urgent desire for water expansion into this new area of town. Minister Montero committed to providing a map of the area while BWS committed to having the Technical Services Department review the request for possible implementation of the project.