Residents of Gardenia Village will soon have access to water. We join Judy Thurton for the details.
“General Elections are right around the corner, and as you might expect, signs and banners have taken over lamp posts across the country. And of course there has been an increase in infrastructural work. If you travel the Philip Goldson Highway you might have noticed some work being done in Gardenia Village. After many years villagers will finally have access to running water. This is a project being administered by the Social Investment Fund and Belize Water Services. Love News spoke with area representative, Edmund Castro, who said villagers have been waiting many years for running water.”
“For the longest time now the villages of Gardenia and Biscayne, being old villages along this highway have been without water and now we are providing water for the people and all the people here in the Gardenia and Biscayne areas. Approximately some, I think, two hundred plus voters in Gardenia. So, between Gardenia and Biscayne it’s approximately five hundred plus voters, you multiply that number to get the number of households. For a long time they have been suffering from water shortage in this area so it’s about time and I am happy to be their representative bringing the water to the residents of Gardenia and Biscayne. It’s going on in about two phases, the first phase with BWS will be putting down the main along the highway all the way up to mile 24 then there will be another phase that from mile 24 up to in front of Crooked Tree Road and then SIF will come in and do the connections off the main. So it’s a combination of SIF and BWS along with the Government of Belize. So SIF will be doing their part as soon as BWS finishes with the laying down of the main to mile 24 and after mile 24 then there will be another contract awarded for mile 24 until in front of Crooked Tree and the rest of Biscayne.”
“Castro said the project is providing residents of the area with much needed employment.”
“If you notice all the young ladies are controlling the traffic there; single mothers from this area, the Gardenia/Biscayne corridor and we will try to utilize as much of the residents in this area as possible especially when it comes to the SIF project. SIF has a component that the trenching and putting down of the small pipes should be done by a combination of villagers and contractors so we will need a lot of workers out here so all the people in Gardenia and Biscayne that want to work in terms of laying down some pipes will be able to get a job out here on this project.”
“Arlene Zelaya has been living in the village for over thirty years and she says this is a big help for the village as it also provides for extra income.”
“I feel very good about it to be honest because we’ve been having water problems since I’ve been living here and for this to happen now it’s a big help for our people in the villages. Just recently we had to ask people to bring water from different parts because we didn’t have the water and then the well was going dry in our yard. It was a big problem for this to happen now I really have to thank the Minster and the water board and whoever else is doing it that this is happening for us. I just want to thank them because it’s a big help for everybody in the village that is getting the water. I wasn’t doing anything and when I heard about it I went to Mr. Andrews and I told him that I heard that they wanted people to work so I went, me and two other ladies and we got it and it’s a big help for us in our home because it’s an extra income so it’s a good thing that they are doing because they create jobs for people that aren’t doing anything.”
“The project should be completed within the next six months.