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Posted: Monday, December 30, 2019. 8:29 pm CST.

By BBN StaffThe village of Caye Caulker is currently experiencing a water crisis. The Belize Water Services (BWS) issued a statement earlier today explaining the reason for the issue.

BWS said that on Sunday, December 29, at about 11:00 a.m. the Caye Caulker Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant experienced a shut down due to a broken main drive shaft.

This shaft had just been replaced on December 24, with the previous drive shaft having performed for 8 years before wearing out.

Unfortunately, the BWS team realized, at the time, that the replacement shaft was slightly out of alignment and prone to failure. 

Replacement shafts were immediately ordered, and are due for shipment out of the US later this week.

In addition, the statement informed that by today, the 150,000-gallon water storage for the island has now been depleted.

BWS will be dispatching 12,000 gallons of water via water trucks on barges to help provide customers on the island with water.

The limited supply of water will be rationed to customers in coordination with the Caye Caulker Village Council.

Caye Caulker is a popular tourist destination where travelers go to enjoy Belize’s beautiful turquoise waters and white sandy beaches.

However, due to the ongoing water situation, concerned residents have reported that tourists are leaving the island.

Tourists are reportedly checking out of hotels and guest homes and are traveling back to Belize City.


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