Third EIA held for North Ambergris Caye Water System and Sewage Collection and Treatment

The third consultation for the North Ambergris Caye Water System and Sewage Collection and Treatment Project was held on Thursday, February 4th at the Sunbreeze Conference Room. The presentation included the revised Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies presented by the owner of Tunich Nah Consultancy (TNCE), Jose “Pepe” Garcia, as well as observation from Belize Water Services Limited (BWSL) and Department of Environment (DOE) personnel. The consultation proved positive, and if approved, the $60 million project will see much needed water and sewage services being installed in Northern Ambergris Caye.

The project was developed due to the fact that Northern Ambergris Caye has neither water or sewer services and the area is experiencing an increase in both residential and commercial development. With funding from the Government of Belize (GOB), the project’s EIA was completed by Dillon Consulting Limited (DCL), a Canadian consulting firm in conjunction with TNCE. Work on the project commenced back in 2010, and after this consultation, the EIA report is up for revision by the National Environmental Appraisal Committee (NEAC) before a final decision is taken by the DOE.

According to Garcia, the EIA has proven to support the proposed design for the project. “Following the EIA we have identified adequate land for the development of the water and sewage plants. The area recommended is west of Mato Lagoon on Northern Ambergris Caye, and BWSL has managed to acquire 748 acres in that general area. From this area, water distribution and sewage collection will be serviced along the coastline between Palmero Point and the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge,” explained Garcia. The project is expected to see the construction of a reverse osmosis desalination water treatment plant and water pump station, potable water transmission and distribution mains, gravity sewers and force main with pump stations and sewage treatment facility.

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