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Contact: Julita Peter

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 million.

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 these people.”

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.

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