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Posted: Tuesday, November 28, 2017. 8:11 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Government of Belize Press Office today informed the public of a contract signature for water system upgrades for the villages of Hopkins, Hummingbird Community, Middlesex and Pomona.

These projects are financed by the European Union and the Government of Belize with funds from the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) 2013.

The overall objective of BAM is to foster social and economic development leading to the reduction of poverty, and focusing on workers and families in the banana belt.

 The Hopkins village water system upgrade Phase-2 costs BZ$2 million.

The contract will include the rehabilitation of the existing well system, the installation of 9km of transmission pipelines, the construction of 55,000-gallon reinforced water tank, the construction of a new pumphouse and chlorination building, and the installation of 10km of distribution pipelines including residential and commercial metering.

 These Phase 2 works complements the ongoing works through the Phase-1 project, which costs BZ$2.4 million, which will result in an upgraded Hopkins Main Street and a new water system main pipe along the main street.

 The upgrade of Hummingbird & Middlesex villages water system costs BZ$1.03 million.

The contract will include the rehabilitation of the existing Dam site, the installation of 0.7km of transmission pipeline, the construction of 32,000 gallons service water tank and two (2) 10,000 gallons gravity tanks, the construction of a new pumphouse and chlorination building and the installation of 7km of distribution pipeline including residential metering.

The upgrade of the Pomona water system at total cost of BZ$152,000 includes the rehabilitation of the existing well system and control/chlorinator building and the sealing of the two (2) existing concrete water tanks.

Upon completion of these projects, over 4,000 villagers as well as visitors will have access to high quality portable and reliable water supply.

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