The Government of Belize has provided the loan guarantee, obtaining a CDB grant of US $205,000, and assisting with facilitating the transaction. BWS intends in the future to install more lines to the south of San Pedro Town; improve access to San Mateo; install an underwater crossing to have a main to supply that and other areas to the north. But do any of these improvements translate to savings to consumers on la Isla Bonita? We asked CEO Haynes that question.
Jose Sanchez: “In terms of the bottom dollar for consumers will they be seeing any savings in the company or is it just advent supply?”
Alvan Haynes CEO, Belize Water Services: “For the immediate future there is no expectation of change in rates but based on what we are doing we are expecting that the rates will remain stable. I know that from the main funding partners there has been some concern especially with regard to that larger expansion project which would be coming on stream probably in about 2 years time but certainly by owning the assets of the Consolidated Water Belize Ltd. it puts BWS in a position to better control out cost and therefore to be able to hold the tariffs done and keep them in a far more stable way. Basically by acquiring the company, even though we will have to repay the loan that is financing it we are putting ourselves in a position of being able to save a significant sum of money on an annual basis going forward. We are expecting that we will save somewhere in the area 1 to a ½ million dollars a year out of being able to run this system ourselves. However obviously expanding capacity and expanding the distribution system does come at additional capital investment and therefore feeding the growth that the demand that keeps on increasing requires additional capital investment so it is a balancing act. We will reduce the cost relating to the production and distribution as is but we will invest more funds into expanding the capacity and the distribution system at the same time.”
Another project on the horizon will result in expansion of water services to the north of Ambergris Caye and will include reservoirs, improved production and distribution.