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Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2019. 11:49 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The Opposition, People’s United Party (PUP) issued a statement this morning calling on the Government to avoid any more unnecessary water interruptions.

The residents of the Twin Towns of Santa Elena and San Ignacio finally had water services restored late last night into this morning.

Benque Viejo Del Carmen was also without water for a significant period of time until their service was restored late
last night.

The PUP says that this is another in a series of poorly managed sectors under the leadership of the UDP Government and it is time for Belizeans to hold the UDP accountable.

In a post on social media on Monday, Belize Water Services (BWS) stated that “unfortunately, the water source for San Ignacio/Santa Elena has been adversely affected by the flood and no water can be pumped into the system until the flood water subsides.”

“It is unacceptable that the provision of water to thousands of residents in Santa Elena, San Ignacio, Benque Viejo Del Carmen and surrounding areas can be abruptly interrupted, without any real
explanation given to the people. Water is a critical component in homes, businesses, schools and everyday life, and it is something that our people simply cannot do without. Many schools on Tuesday, either suspended classes or shortened the school hours due to the water shortage,” the PUP noted.

In addition, the PUP took a hit at Prime Minister (PM) Dean Barrow saying that the PM boasts about the acquisition of
BWS, chaired by his UDP Chairman Alberto August.

“This same Prime Minister has said nothing about this ludicrous interruption of service to thousands of households. We must point out also, that the Government of Belize is prepared to spend $180 MILLION on a road to a Mayan Ruin, a road which will benefit only a handful of people. Yet, there is no real investment in critical areas
which will benefit all our people, ” it further says.

On Monday, people in Benque Viejo and Succotz had to be evacuated after heavy rains flooded streets and homes.

The party also stated that there has been no investment to deal with the problems of drainage.

The PUP calls on the Government of Belize and on BWS to ensure that whatever needs to be done is
done so that there are no more interruptions in the supply of water.

 

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