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Contact: Claudia Monlouis


Tuesday, April 28, 2009 – The community of Labourne  in Gros Islet  has now taken its  place among the thousands of   households with access to pipe-borne water.


The community last Saturday, thanked the officials responsible for making the long awaited  project  become a reality. Among persons present at event were Prime Minister  Honourable  Stephenson King, member of parliament   for Gros Islet  Honourable Lennard Montoute, Taiwanese Ambassador His Excellency Tom Chou and officials of the Social Development Fund.


“I tell you this is for me, a great accomplishment. This is for you, a great accomplishment—a  fulfilment of a promise after decades and decades of suffering on the part of the people of Labourne,” said MP for the area, Honourable Lenard Montoute.


In the course of the project a number of fire hydrants were also erected.  The MP said the need for such devices cannot be overemphasized.


 “So in the unfortunate event, God forbid, that we have a fire in Labourne, when the fire truck comes here,  after it empties its tank, it can connect to the fire hydrant and ensure  that we do not have a disaster in the community,” he said  .


The project was funded in part by the Government of the Republic of China on Taiwan to the tune of EC $260,000.00 His Excellency Tom Chou said his government is pleased to honour its commitment to bring this essential commodity to the people of Labourne.


“After we made a tour to this area I consulted my government  and we decided to provide assistance in collaboration with the Government of Saint Lucia on this water project,” said the Taiwanese Ambassador to Saint Lucia.


Ambassador Chou pointed out that although confronted with constrained national budgets both governments remained committed to the completion of the project.

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