Tourism season is underway in Belize, and one of the most visited areas of the country are the cayes, with Ambergris Caye and Caulker being the favorite spot for thousands of visitors. Annually during peak tourism season, islanders often struggle with inadequate water supplies, which in turn affects their businesses and daily lives. This season is no exception, and although Belize Water Services Limited (BWSL) has made upgrades in their infrastructure, they are yet to meet the demands of Belize’s prime tourism destination.

Chief Executive Officer of BWSL Alvan Haynes told The San Pedro Sun via an email in late January that the company had recently invested in doubling the water supply on Ambergris Caye. According to the communication, with this investment, BWSL would have the adequate capacity to provide the island with water during peak times. That has not been the case, as residents on both islands are experiencing low pressure and shortages of water, particularly during the night. The areas that are reportedly most affected are the sub-divisions including San Mateo, San Pedrito, DFC, San Pablo, and Escalante. Residents in these areas have resorted to storing water in containers, as inadequate supply is now a daily occurrence.

On Ambergris Caye, the company completed the construction of an additional one million-gallon storage tank and is in the process of completing the installation of a new 600,000 gallon-per-day Reverse Osmosis Treatment Plant. This plan is expected to come into operation between March 16th and the 20th.

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