Tom Vidrine had a chance to discuss sewer and water with Wade van Doren, Manager of Belize Water Limited (BWL), and Alvan Haynes, Head of Belize Water Services (BWS). Detailed information was provided by both, and greatly appreciated.
Basically here is the simplified information Members would be interested in:
North side of San Pedro Town to the bridge:
1. A water and sewer expansion is planned by BWS to extend from town north to the bridge. This is planned to be completed before Dec. 15th of this year.
2. The Mayoress and Town Council was asked and agreed not to pave the northern side of town to the bridge until the sewer and water lines could be installed.
3. San Pedro sewer and water system was originally provided for by a grant, and other than this northern expansion to the bridge, there is no money available for any other expansions at this time.
North Ambergris, over and beyond the bridge:
4. BWS is willing, and working on a program that would work with northern developments helping with the cost to extend sewer lines across the bridge, and further north.
5. Consolidated Water of the Caymans, Ltd., mother company of BWL, has an offer to BWS to finance/provide the expansion of water lines to and over the bridge and further north. This is in the works, and is a good probability. BWS is not sure how far the water lines will extend under this project since the deal has not been finalized, but any developments or people willing to contribute to further northern expansion to their location, it would be advisable to contact BWS to see if it could be done at the same time.
6. BWL, who makes and provides the water to BWS, says they have an ample supply to support the expansion to the North. They are not involved in sewerage.
7. Due to the grant to expand and provide water and sewerage, San Pedro is the only place in Belize where there are no “sewerage” bills. The cost of providing and processing sewerage is added directly to the water charges, and is shared among ALL water users.
8. Contrary to most places in the world, Belize uses a “socialist” approach to billing. Normally, large users would get a discount in rates, but in Belize it is the opposite. In order to help the “common” man, rates begin low, and then rise as quantity of use goes up. This also avoids the need to use “commercial” rates and home usage rates.