Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has hailed the ground breaking ceremony last week for the Dennery North water supply re-development initiative, describing the project as ‘euphoric’.
“The difference between not knowing how much water you are going to have and if you turn on the tap there is going to be water – and even if you have water what the quality of that water is, to now being able to have enough water and quality water is night and day,” Chastanet told reporters at the ground breaking ceremony.
He said he was very happy for the people of Dennery North.
“They so richly deserve this,” Chastanet stated.
He said his administration hopes to be able to expedite the project with phase one of the initiative being completed by the end of this year.
According to Chastanet, work has already commenced on phase two of the project.
The project is managed by the United Nations Office for Project Services with the government of Mexico contributing five million dollars towards the initiative.
Phase one of the project will allow for the production of 0.4 million imperial gallons a day of potable water to cover the immediate needs of the population of Dennery North, while phase two will ensure long term sustainable water supply with the production of 1.4 million imperial gallons a day.
The Dennery North water supply re-development project aims to deliver a safe, reliable and climate-resilient supply of potable water to residents and businesses in the Dennery North area, which has suffered from water woes for decades.
An estimated eight thousand individuals are expected to benefit from the initiative which was a campaign promise of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), which is now in opposition.
MP Shawn Edward expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Chastanet for allowing the project to go through.
“I am extremely grateful that you have allowed this labour party conceived project to go ahead unhindered. I am fully aware that you could have stopped it in much the same way you did with other projects which in your humble opinion, you felt were not beneficial to the country at the time,” the Dennery North MP told the ground breaking ceremony.