Belize Water Services Limited (BWSL) held a press conference today at 11:00 a.m. at the Conference Room at the Sunbreeze Hotel. Present for the meeting was the top brass of the utility company willing to answer questions based on the low pressure or lack of water that the island has been experiencing since the Easter holiday.
Chief Executive Officer for BWSL
Alvan Haynes explained the situation. He stated that the underlying issue is the fact that BWSL
has not been receiving their water quota from Consolidated Water Services Limited (CWSL), the company hired to supply BWSL
with enough water supply to meet the needs of Ambergris Caye. However, according to Mr. Haynes, Consolidated has faced issues based on the fact that their membranes and filters have been fouled not allowing the utmost
production of water for the island.
Haynes went on to explain that because BWSL
has not been receiving the adequate water supply they have had to ration the water to the island. During the press conference, BWSL
explained that for the moment, and indefinitely, water will be distributed the best way that they can. Today, Friday BWSL
started delivering water for four hours in the morning and will do the same for four hours in the afternoon/evening. If this system works, this is what they will be operating from now on until the near future.
The root of the problem is still to be identified and for the moment, Consolidated Waters has sent a water sample and their damaged membranes to a laboratory for assessment. In the meantime, based on their and BWSL speculations, BWSL has sent in a formal request to the Department of Environment to halt dredging and development in the area near BWSL’s plant.
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