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Nov 6, 2019

Water is Restored to the Twin Towns Out West

Dave Pascascio

In San Ignacio, potable water had to be trucked in from elsewhere within the district in order to service priority customers, including hospitals, schools and the tourism sector; all this while personnel from Belize City were deployed to San Ignacio to restore distribution.

 

Dave Pascascio, Operations Manager, BWS

“San Ignacio was a more challenge because all five wells, two galleries, everything was affected.  We started pumping those to waist when we could have gotten down to them and realized that we had to continue pump, continue pump and flush, flush, flush.  That took longer.  We emptied the reservoir, cleaned that out and to and to enter a reservoir we need to go into a lot of safety mode that we had to deploy personnel from Belize City because it’s a confined space and we have trained and certified personnel that have to monitor that.  So that took longer.  Because the source wells didn’t clear up until the following day, we then went into disinfecting the reservoir and starting to put back water into supply into the reservoir.  We filled up and it was not until last night that we could have started to store water to the residents of San Ignacio and Santa Elena.  But what we did in the interim, we deployed three tankers, one that we recently purchased for the company and with assistance from the Belmopan City Council and the San Ignacio Town Council, we started distributing water.  Our highest priority was hospitals in the first instance and then we moved to schools, we moved to restaurants and then to the residents.  So we were trucking water from Benque and from Belmopan, deploying those trucks around the community to give people a source of water for immediate needs.”


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