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Re: San Pedro Asked to Conserve Water [Re: Marty] #431318
02/24/12 08:27 PM
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Thanks for setting the record straight Elbert.
Head north or south of the town core and experience a lovely space - no traffic, plenty of water ...... see you there.

Re: San Pedro Asked to Conserve Water [Re: Marty] #431321
02/24/12 08:39 PM
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It's certainly a great point geographically speaking, but how does it play out population wise? How is the population distributed on the island? and what percentage is served by the system in question...just asking.

Re: San Pedro Asked to Conserve Water [Re: Marty] #431330
02/25/12 07:29 AM
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Your right if its a head count of citizens they are greater! however the mass of resorts/Hotels and condos on this part of the island all provide water for their guests independently and our seasons tourist occupancy swell at Easter has no effect on the towns water supply.


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Re: San Pedro Asked to Conserve Water [Re: Marty] #431334
02/25/12 08:38 AM
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We use a combination of well water in the toilets and for plant watering, rain (cistern) water in showers and BWS only in sinks. The only time we have a problem is when the water is low and we only have BWS to use everywhere. It's a complicated system, but works for us.


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Re: San Pedro Asked to Conserve Water [Re: Marty] #431339
02/25/12 09:06 AM
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BWS Press Release on San Pedro Water Supply

Belize Water Services (BWS) sent the following Press Release in regards to the water supply situation on the island.

- Belize Water Services (BWS) has recently been made aware of media coverage from San Pedro indicating a concern of a possible water shortage on the island during times of peak demand. BWS is committed by a contract agreement to purchase all water for distribution in San Pedro from Consolidated Water Belize Limited (CWBL). BWS has been requesting CWBL since 2005 to increase its capacity to adequately deliver water to the island based on growth projections.

Our records show that as part of our recent Water Demand Review completed in January 2011, BWS requested CWBL to implement a maximum plant capacity of up to 550,000 gallons per day. However, CWBL proposed a maximum plant capacity of 420,000 gallons per day.

BWS is totally committed to providing an adequate supply of potable water to each of its service areas and is especially aware of the importance of adequate water supply to San Pedro, our country’s largest tourist destination. In light of this unwavering commitment, BWS believes that any water shortage in the near future would be owing to CWBL, for their own reasons, not accepting our recommendations for the increased water production capacity.

One of BWS’ main objectives is to provide high quality service at a reasonable price to customers. We pride ourselves in being fair to all consumers and ensuring customers’ satisfaction, which clearly necessitates an uninterrupted supply of water. BWS assures all our customers and consumers in San Pedro that we have plans in progress to ensure adequate water capacity for the continued growth of Ambergris Caye.


Re: San Pedro Asked to Conserve Water [Re: Marty] #431348
02/25/12 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Marty
<h2>BWS Press Release on San Pedro Water Supply</h2>

< BWS believes that any water shortage in the near future would be owing to CWBL, for their own reasons, not accepting our recommendations for the increased water production capacity. </p>

BWS assures all our customers and consumers in San Pedro that we have plans in progress to ensure adequate water capacity for the continued growth of Ambergris Caye. </p>


Now that is passing the buck double talking. Blaming any shortage on CWBL, but assuring there will be none.

Re: San Pedro Asked to Conserve Water [Re: bywarren] #431353
02/25/12 09:46 AM
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maybe another supplier?

Re: San Pedro Asked to Conserve Water [Re: elbert] #431376
02/25/12 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by elbert
Your right if its a head count of citizens they are greater! however the mass of resorts/Hotels and condos on this part of the island all provide water for their guests independently and our seasons tourist occupancy swell at Easter has no effect on the towns water supply.


Indeed, true enough, and worthy of distinction, which I assume is what Diane meant by "setting the record straight".

If people unfamiliar with the island are concerned, they probably need not worry if are staying outside the service area of Bythebucket Water Systems and Christ What Became of the Liquid . The mass of resorts and accomodations to the north and south are in some form or another self sufficient.

However, my point, and the reason I'm passionate about this topic is that the vast majority of people living on the island are affected by this. Not to mention that a signficant portion of guest beds are also in the service area as well.

To consider this as only a seasonal issue is, in the long run, short sighted. Particulary of for those hybrid systems using cisterns and BWS as we do. Mother nature is fickle. It's unconscionable that this problem is recurrent and remains unresolved. It's unbelievable the only thing that's done year after year is to throw a ream of bandwidth and bullsh!t at the problem in the form of press releases and finger pointing. There seems to be no real attempt to correct it.

I just wish there was something more that people with similar concerns could do. The area representatives and other political stewards of the people, incumbent or prospective, need to take note and take steps to correct the matter when so empowered.

Re: San Pedro Asked to Conserve Water [Re: SP Daily] #431383
02/25/12 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by SP Daily
maybe another supplier?


That would be nice. Another private owner with sufficient capital to leverage a government loan is certainly an interesting possibilty. I believe there is at least one such project used by people headed north everyday? However I am unclear on the exact particulars of that ownership arrangement for certain and I'm open to correction. Of course the bridge has been a topic of recent discussion with regards to maintenance and the revenues it brings in.

Based on events regarding the electrical grid an alternative owner sprang to mind (briefly), but nationalizaton of privatized utilities comes with its own consequences. It has a tendency to be rather offputting to the concepts of "revived and restored investor confidence".

Perhaps government ownership, or a local version, would be interested if the utility had potential to make sufficient money. I'm afraid I've little hope that the government would step in as owner/operator purely for the good of the people. It would be nice if they simply stepped in period.


Re: San Pedro Asked to Conserve Water [Re: Bear] #431388
02/25/12 12:27 PM
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The water system was government owned and operated (WASA) but was sold to the employees and the production contract was made to this private corporation with the necessary specialized knowledge to operate an RO system.
Going backwards to government operation would be a BIG mistake!

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