Tuesday, November 24, 2009 – It is anticipated that a water supply
improvement project, now under way in the village of Anse La Raye, will go a
long way in helping Saint Lucia achieve the Millennium Development Goal of
reducing by 50 percent, the number of people without sustainable water by 2050.
The project, which seeks to utilize water as a natural resource to alleviate
poverty, is one of the main areas under the over arching objectives of the
European Commission funded programmes.
The water project is being funded by the European Commission at a cost of EC$
6.5 million dollars, with the government of Saint Lucia contributing EC$1.5
Executive Officer of the Banana Industry Trust, Julius Polius, says the grass
roots project is based on modifying the existing system.
“The existing intake under the old water supply remains, but will be modified in
such a way that you are going to have submersible pumps that will pump water
from the intake up to the treatment plant, and then to a two-thousand gallon
tank. Then there is going to be a six inch pipe taking the water all the way to
the village for distribution and up to Au Tabor, where it is going to be pumped
up the hill so that residents of Mascre and others will be able to get water.”
Parliamentary representatives for Anse-La-Raye/Canaries, Hon. Dr. Keith Mondesir,
says the water supply improvement project has been on the government’s priority
list for a long time.
“For too long,” Dr. Mondesir noted, “Au Tabo and Mascre has been without water
and it is indeed refreshing that we are going to bring clean clear water to
Dr. Mondesir also seized the opportunity to announce that the company
undertaking the project—FARMEX—will be extending the pipes to the community of
Aupos in light of government's plans for future development there.