An official ground-breaking ceremony for the commencement of rehabilitation works for the Libertad and Concepcion rural water system took place today in Libertad, Corozal District. The rehabilitation project entails two components: the rehabilitation and expansion of existing rudimentary water system (RWS) and the installation of approximately 800 service connections at residences, schools and churches. The infrastructure works will include the rehabilitation and expansion of the existing RWS and will be complemented with the provision of water consumption, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) education training to teachers and community leaders. The water board will receive basic training in the management and operations of the upgraded rudimentary water system. The project is being executed by the Social Investment Fund (SIF) with a total financing of BZ$1,370,000. Financing is being obtained from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) by the Government of Belize under the SIF III loan programme. Present at the ceremony were Minister of Rural Transformation, Oscar Requena; Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Ramiro Ramirez; Chief Executive Officer, Valentino Shal; Executiv Director for Social Investment Fund, Carlos Tun; Chairlady for Libertad, Cordelia Aguilar; Chairman for Concepcion Village, Adan Castillo; members of the village council and water board, and the contractor, FT Williams & Associates.