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Oct 3, 2018

G.O.B. Gets Loan to Improve San Pedro’s Water System

Mark Lizarraga

Also today, Senators debated a loan for the Water and Sewerage Expansion in South Ambergris Caye Project.  The loan is being provided by the Caribbean Development Bank and is for eight point five million dollars.  The purpose of the loan is to purchase the shares of Consolidated Water Belize Limited, expand the existing water treatment plant, retrofit the San Pedro water and sewage system and supply and install water distribution pipelines.  The monies will also be used for other infrastructural improvements.  A few senators voiced their support for the loan with a few reservations.

 

Mark Lizarraga, Private Sector Senator

“I think at some stage we need to seriously look at when our water company is going to be putting in new system to look at fire hydrants. We have seen many unfortunate instances of tragic fires in our country recently. I am not casting any blame, aspersions on anyone but I think in the interest of good planning when we are looking these things, expanding systems, putting in new system and increasing capacity – we need to take these things seriously in consideration and I happy to support this bill.”

 

Godwin Hulse

Godwin Hulse, Leader of Govt. Business

“It is a complaint across the country. We have proposed, when I was responsible for fire and now the current minster and the cabinet has approved, that in fact…the Fire Chief tells us that the average amount of water needed to deal with a large fire is four thousand five hundred gallons. The current water trucks carry five hundred gallons in their belly so they run out in no time, two three minutes in no time and they have to be looking for sources. The idea is procure water trucks, simple water trucks that can carry five, six thousand gallons that tear out right behind the fire engine as soon as it flies out the truck is right behind and they connect to that so that they have that expanded water capacity to be able to some of these. That is in process.”

 

Osmany Salas

Osmany Salas, N.G.O. Senator

“I understand from different people on the island that I spoke to that CWBL has not met its capacity. It could very well be that expansion is probably not needed. I stand to be corrected. It could be a case of distribution. I would have preferred to see more of the funds invested in infrastructure and the sewage system because I understand that probably close to ninety percent of properties in San Pedro still use septic tanks. That is a major concern.

 

Godwin Hulse

“The loan is basically to purchase but also install a new plant. I understand that they will build a one million gallon tank on the island as well to increase capacity. There is currently two point five million dollars storage but that is not enough because as we understand and reported to us by BWSL during the Easter period for example they use a million gallons a day and that is just the existing connection. So that is the reason why the loan is what it is.”

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