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Tuesday, September 30, 2003 - The Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF), has handed an improved EC$257,000 dollar water supply system to residents of the Tet Chimen community of Millet. This intervention is expected to greatly augment the poor water situation that had been confronting residents.

After three years in the making, the project was brought to fruition in collaboration with the Water and Sewage Company (WASCO), the Ministry of Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities, the Ministry of Social Transformation and the Forestry Department.

The BNTF noted that whilst the project took some time to materialize, it will be of immense economic benefits to the high agricultural community whose residents depend on water for irrigation purposes.

The project involves several components some of which include a water storage tank, water pump, protective concrete slabs, and pipelines.

Parliamentary representative for the area, Honourable Cyprian Lansiquot, reminded residents that whilst government has its role in the maintenance of the project they too have a responsibility. “You the residents have a greater responsibility” he added. “I am sure you have heard about the indiscriminate cutting of trees and the adverse effect of that on the water system. The forest is important in the conservation of water and so we need to preserve it for future generations.”

Meanwhile, the Water and Sewerage Company - the main contractor for the project - says it shares the enthusiasm in the completion of the project and also points to the need for residents to conserve this vital basic resource. According to Civil Engineer Adrian Theobalds, “We need to be as conservative as possible and we urge consumers and residents to make note of any damaged lines and tank overflows and report these to our office for immediate action.” WASCO, he added, would like to reaffirm its commitment to the government and people of St. Lucia in undertaking projects of this nature.

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