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Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2021. 7:10 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government in partnership with the Belize Social Investment Fund (SIF) and Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) inaugurated the water supply project in Sarawee Village, Stann Creek District on Thursday according to the Government of Belize Press Office.

The water project cost BZ$355,000 of which $337,250 was funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), $14,750 by the Government of Belize (GOB), and $3,000 by the Sarawee community.

“The availability and supply of safe water will contribute significantly to the reduction of incidences of waterborne and communicable diseases within the community thus improving the quality of life of over 1,000 residents in Sarawee,” said the Press Office. “The community will now have access to safe water to meet their daily water needs for household use, as well as agriculture.”

The project included the installation of three miles of distribution pipes and funding to offset 175 connection fees said the Press Office.

“Works also included the enhancement of the pumping system, which enabled the Belize Water Services Limited (BWS) to facilitate adequate water pressure to serve the community.”

“Prior to the completion of the water project, villagers obtained water from rainwater collection, private wells, and a standpipe.”

This new project, which was implemented by SIF in collaboration with BWS, replaces an old water system that was constructed in 1993.

Providing safe water to rural communities is in keeping with the Government’s aim to meet Goal 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The objective of Goal 6.2 is that everyone has access to water and sanitation with Target One, which is to “achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.”

The Press Office said that official representation at the Sarawee ceremony was comprised of Oscar Requena, Minister of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government; Rodwell Ferguson, Minister of Public Utilities, Energy and Logistics; Dr. Louis Zabaneh, Area Representative and Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology; and Valentino Shal, CEO in the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government.

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