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Mar 9, 2016

Maskall Residents Get New Water System

About fifteen hundred residents of Maskall Village, located on the old Northern Highway, will within a year have access to reliable potable water. The million dollar project will be funded by the Caribbean Development Bank and managed by the Social Investment Fund. Today ground was broken on the first stage which includes the construction of a forty-thousand-gallon tank and pump house. The next step will then be the laying of pipes to approximately three hundred homes in the community. It’s a very big deal for residents who have had to cope with an old, inadequate and often useless water system given to them in 1985. Belize Rural North Area Representative Edmond Castro was on hand to take the accolades for the new system.

 

Edmond Castro

Edmond Castro, Area Representative, Belize Rural North

“Before the first change of government in 1984, basically we used to have to, especially the dry season; we used to have to walk to the nearest pond—sometimes up to a mile away—to fetch a bucket or two buckets of water. Could you image the kids we saw here—ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen—trying to back a bucket or two buckets of water. Sometimes we used a stick on our shoulder with two buckets in between and we left with two full buckets and by the time we reach home, we got quarter in each bucket. And it was very, very tough; it was difficult and we didn’t have nobody that used to bring water to deliver and ease the pain. So as the rural area representative, I know all too well the hardship of not having adequate water; I know the hardship of not having electricity and not having proper infrastructure. So as the rural representative for Maskall and the Belize Rural North, I worked tirelessly and I wah bug everybody weh I could bug—SIF, the Government of Belize, my colleagues—to ensure that our people live a lot better.”

 

William Lamb

William Lamb, Executive Director, Social Investment Fund

“This is the water project for the Maskall Village that we have; today is the ground breaking ceremony, specifically for the water tank and the pump house. That’s just part of what we are going to do. We also have behind us the materials that we also purchased for this project and then a separate contract will also go out for the trenching and laying down of those pipes to the new areas as he described in his speech to expand the water system and provide more consistent flow of water.”

 

Mike Rudon

“Now we know that in a recent system in the Belize River Valley, it included actually the laying of pipes all the way into the different homes. Will that be the same situation here?”

 

William Lamb

“Connecting pipes, we have the pipes down the main streets and then connecting to the homes and also the meters. From there, residents would actually take it to the building itself. But it goes into everybody’s yard along with the meter that the water board can properly monitor the use of water and collect needed revenue for the maintenance of the new system.”

 

Leslie Pascacio

Leslie Pascacio, Chairman, Maskall Village

“Here in the village, water is a must. People crying because of the old system—not enough water—and they complaining that they can’t take a shower. They come home from work and there is no water. A lot of people, what they do is, they put a bucket under the faucet and they go to bed and hopefully in the morning, they have water because it come in during the night. So they are happy with this new system and they are looking forward to it.”

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