Press Release:– Phase One of the Vieux Fort Water Supply Redevelopment Project was officially launched on Thursday 6th August 2020 on the grounds of the Water Treatment Plant in Beausejour, joining the list of several water supply improvement projects currently ongoing island wide.
Residents of the South are elated to welcome the beginning of works as the Vieux Fort water supply system has needed urgent expansion and upgrades to meet the existing and projected demand.
Several commercial and institutional enterprises together with an estimated population of 20,000 persons benefit from this water supply.
According to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of WASCO Mr. Francis Denbow, water constraints due to climate change and the demand for water is steadily outgrowing its capacity to supply; hence the Vieux Fort water supply system expansion is timely and essential.
“Water supply in the South has been unreliable and inconsistent, both in dry and rainy seasons due to the inadequacy of the system,” noted the WASCO Chairman.
“This often leads to extended periods of water shortages in the area. These water supply constraints have curtailed tourism and other industrial development plans in the South. The system therefore needs an urgent upgrade to meet existing and projected demand and to protect public health.”
After a comprehensive study of the system, recommendations for the improvement of the supply were made and used to approach the Caribbean Development Bank for funding.
Phase 1 costs $14.1 million US dollars and phase 2 will be installed concurrently with Phase 1 at a cost of $6.9 million US dollars.
The Government of Saint Lucia and WASCO have made their counterpart funding contribution at $4.2 million US Dollars.
Line Minister for WASCO Honourable Ezechiel Joseph addressed the ceremony reaffirming the Government’s commitment to bolstering WASCO’s capacity to deliver a clean and reliable water supply, asked residents to exercise patience as the works will bring inconveniences and delays and thanked all parties involved.
Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet was the feature presenter at the ceremony and used the opportunity to outline how improvements in the water supply system are imminent as this vital utility must be reliable and able to support the growth and development of the South.
“Water development projects like these are about building capacity, this allows the Government to develop the South,” Prime Minister Chastanet noted. “This Government is committed to a vision of tapping into the potential of the South and improving the quality of life of all Saint Lucians.”
Some of the components of Phase 1 include the rehabilitation of the existing upper intake and the building of a new water intake at Grace, construction of a new water treatment plant at Grace to treat 2.4 million gallons of water a day and the construction of a new control building and a new generator/transformer building at Beausejour.