Posted: Friday, May 6, 2022. 7:01 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: The 300 residents of Crique Jute, Toledo District, saw a new water system turned on this afternoon thanks to area representative and Minister of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government, Oscar Requeña.
His ministry partnered with the Belize Social Investment Fund (SIF) and Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) as executors, with funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Government to the tune of $1.2 million.
92 water meters, one for each home, were installed, connected by three miles of distribution pipes to the source within the village. A pumping system, chlorination system, backup power supply through a generator and solar system were also installed to ensure adequate water pressure. Electrical services were provided by Belize Electricity Limited.
The project also included the construction of a concrete pumphouse, which houses the electrical controls for the pumping and chlorination systems, the construction of a security fence, landscaping and an ASME-certified hydro-pneumatic water storage tank facility. The funding also included the supply of spare parts as well as a computer system for the purpose of meter tracking and billing.
Prior to the completion of the water project, villagers utilized rainwater as well as the river and creeks and the three hand pumps in the community.
The regularized water supply considerably reduces the occurrence of waterborne and communicable diseases in the community and improves the quality of life for its residents.
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