Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has lauded the Vieux Fort water re-development project after a tour on Friday.
Chastanet explained that the purpose of the tour was to check on the progress of the ‘long awaited’ initiative.
He made the comments on his official Facebook page.
On Thursday 6th August 2020, the government officially broke ground to begin Phase 1 of the Vieux Fort water project.
The PM revealed that some of the components of Phase 1 include the rehabilitation of the existing upper intake.
In addition, the phase will see a new water intake at Grace.
Workers will also construct a new water treatment plant there.
The plant will treat 2.4 million gallons of water a day.
And there will be the construction of a new control building and a new generator-transformer building at Beausejour, the PM said.
According to Chastanet, the initiative joins the growing list of water supply improvement projects currently ongoing island wide.
“The project objective is to achieve an efficient, reliable, climate resilient and sustainable supply of potable water to all of the residents and businesses of Vieux Fort,” he observed.
He noted that a major issue which residents and businesses in the South have had to endure is a lack of a consistent and reliable Water Supply.
The PM noted that the situation has lasted over the last few decades.
“Water development projects like these are about building capacity,” Chastanet stated.
“This is a major catalyst which will further allow the Government to develop the South,” he asserted.
“We remain committed to tapping into the development potential of the South which will improve the quality of life of residents and all Saint Lucians.”