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Rural Transformation project bringing access to safe potable water for 800+ households in Libertad and Concepcion

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Posted: Friday, January 14, 2022. 5:05 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: An official ground-breaking ceremony for the commencement of rehabilitation works for the Libertad and Concepcion rural water system took place today in Libertad, Corozal District.

The rehabilitation project entails two components: Rehabilitation and expansion of existing rudimentary water systems (RWS) and installation of approximately 800 service connections at residences, schools, and churches.

The infrastructure works will also include the rehabilitation and expansion of the existing RWS and will be complemented with the provision of water consumption, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) education training to teachers and community leaders. The water board will receive basic training in the management and operations of the upgraded rudimentary water system.

The project is being executed by the Social Investment Fund (SIF) with total financing of BZ $1,370,000. Financing is being obtained from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) by the Government of Belize under the SIF III loan programme. The objective of the water project is to have improved water services, sanitation, and hygiene practices of the residents of Libertad and Concepcion.

The availability and supply of safe and potable water will meet their daily household needs and contribute significantly to the reduction of incidences of water-borne, food-borne, vector-borne, and communicable diseases among men, women, and children, this improving the wellness, and quality of life and of health for the villagers of Libertad and Concepcion.

The existing rudimentary water systems, which serve both communities, are impacted by water wastage, inadequate supply, and shortage of potable water in both communities compounded by inadequate sanitation, hygiene, and water usage practices.

Present at the ceremony were Hon. Oscar Requena, Minister of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government; Hon. Ramiro Ramirez, Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government; Mr. Valentino Shal, Chief Executive Officer; Mr. Carlos Tun, Executive Director for Social Investment Fund; Ms. Cordelia Aguilar, Chairlady for Libertad and Concepcion Water Board; Mr. Adan Castillo, Chairman for Concepcion Villages; members of the village council and water board, and the contractor, FT Williams & Associates.

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