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Jun 11, 2019

Georgeville’s Water Board to Resolve Crisis

Al Westby

There are a number of short-term and long-term actions that must be taken to fix the perennial water problem in the village. Water Board Chairman Al Westby says that there will be remedial work done to the water tank and there is a meeting with the Belize Social Investment Fund, as well as NEMO, to address this issue.

 

Al Westby, Chairman, Georgeville Water Board

“Tomorrow as we speak, we are meeting with the people from SIF. They are coming back to have that final meeting with us, who will be sponsoring this sort of work: the tank repairs and looking at different aspects of how we can develop more water pressure in these areas. As I said, we had a healthy discussion last night and even looked at putting a pump in that area so that they can get more pressure in their lines.”

 

Duane Moody

“So this has been happening for years?”

 

Al Westby

“Yeah of course, but I think this year is the worst. The drought is much longer so it affects more people now. And one thing we must take into consideration is that the village is growing and probably we have to look at the source, the water income—the twenty thousand-gallon tank—is not sustainable for a size of village like this. So we have to look at all these things. But I can understand people with their frustration and having to go to river and wash because at this stage, we should be out of those kinds of situations. But all I am asking is that you just bare with us and we will find the solution. For right now, if we get the rain, I know that that problem will be solved during the rainy season. But we have to prepare for the dry season. And notwithstanding that, and you must remember also my job as a NEMO rep; just yesterday, my national coordinator sent out an email to everybody. He wants everybody to identify their hotspots when it comes to water shortage and thing and what will be the plan in cases like these. So NEMO is looking at that also.”


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