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
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.