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1,500 residents of San Jose/San Pablo in the Orange Walk District now enjoying clean, potable water

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Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2022. 10:50 am CST.

Photo Credit: GOB Press Office/Ministry of Rural Transformation

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: 1,500 residents of the twin villages of San Jose/San Pablo in the Orange Walk District are now enjoying access to clean, potable water through a newly rehabilitated water system which was officially handed over to them on Monday by the Ministry of Rural Transformation and the Belize Social Investment Fund (BSIF).

“The project was completed at a cost of BZ$1.3 million through financing by the Caribbean Development Bank and the Government of Belize under the Water and Sanitation System Enhancement Sector of the Basic Needs Trust Fund 9th Program,” said the Government of Belize Press Office.

Oscar Requena, Minister of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour, and Local Government said the renewed water system is in fulfillment of Plan Belize’s vision of working and supporting Belize’s rural areas.

“We have over 55% of all population living in the rural area and we all know the challenges that our people in the rural area have faced for many years,” Requena said.

“We are here to change that because that is the commitment that we made; that we are going to work hard. We are going to transform the rural areas for the benefit of our people.”

Carlos Tun Executive Director, Belize Social Investment Fund (BSIF) said the rehabilitation work began in May 2021 and since then they installed 800 additional water meters for homes, school, churches, and other facilities.

“The water tank … has been rehabilitated to improve the quality of water being distributed between San Jose and San Juan Pablo. A brand-new pump house was built, a new generator has been installed, and electrical works have been upgraded to increase the supply of water,” Tun said.

Orange Walk North Area Representative Ramon Cervantes reiterated that the rehabilitation of the San Jose/San Pablo water system is part of the Government’s Plan Belize.

“To improve the lives of all Belizeans, that is the number one aim of Plan Belize, … this government will make each and every effort to reach out to you, to reach out to the people of Belize to improve their lives through better services,” Cervantes said.

The rehabilitation of the San Jose/San Pablo Water System was funded by the Government of Belize and the Caribbean Development Bank.

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