The tourist friendly village of Hopkins has a high tech new water system. The system has been rehabilitated and expanded with funds from the Banana Accompanying Measures Program 2013 to the tune of 2 million dollars.
The European Union Rep told the Government Press Office more:
Included in the works are a new 55,000-gallon tank and a new pump house.
INAUGURATION OF THE REHABILITATION AND EXPANSION OF THE HOPKINS VILLAGE WATER SYSTEM
An inauguration Ceremony was held to formally hand over the newly upgraded water system to the Water Board and community of Hopkins Village. This water system is designed to benefit more than seven hundred (700) households. This project was funded under the Banana Accompanying Measures Program 2013 (BAM 2013) with co-financing from the Government of Belize. The BAM Programme was designed to alleviate poverty and to focus on workers, families and communities in the banana belt area. As a result, Hopkins Village water system was selected as one of the BAM projects.
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development has been collaborating with the Ministry of Economic Development and the European Union to rehabilitate and expand the Hopkins Village Water System. The Government’s mandate is to ensure a steady supply of potable water to the people. The national water policy states that: "Belizeans have a fundamental right to water and it is hereby declared that the policy of the Government is to bring about the planned development, coordinated management, sustainable use and protection of Belize’s water resources consistent with the social, economic and environmental needs of present and future generations, and to ensure that all Belizeans have access to affordable, safe, adequate and reliable water.”
As a part of these efforts, the Ministry reminds the Water Board of its mandate and responsibilities which include the operation and maintenance of the system, regulating pumping hours to ensure the uninterrupted supply of water, keeping proper records and accounts, expansion of the water supply system and distribution networks, implementation of appropriate fee collection systems, and ensuring proper upkeep and maintenance of the water system.
The Ministry also reminds the residence of Hopkins to take care of this water system by conserving water, paying their bills on time, cooperating with the water board and reporting any leakages.
The Government of Belize continues to collaborate with the European Union to support the sustainable development of Belize.