ItÂs been revealed that a $50m investment from the Government of Belize (GOB) is to ensure that northern Ambergris Caye benefits from a new water and sewer system. Â Making the announcement on October 22nd, San Pedro Town Mayor, Daniel Guerrero, revealed the work will give those living in Belize far better services than before.
The announcement came after questions were asked of the islandÂs current waste management system. Â Manuel Heredia Jr., Belize Rural South Area Representative, said that it was vital to ensure that the island has the right infrastructure as it grows. Â The $50m investment will make certain that the north of the island gains a water and sewer system, and Mr. Heredia said he was glad to finally make the approval known after years of planning. Â ÂIn addition, we have already looked for and identified the land that will be needed for the sewer ponds. Â Physical implementation will take some more time, we estimate a maximum of two years, but it is a proposed project that Cabinet has agreed upon,Â he explained.
As part of the project, sewer and water lines will be extended from their current position in Sir Barry Bowen Bridge.Â They will reach as far as the Costa Maya Resort when finally finished, resulting in an extra six and a half miles of pipe.Â The location where the project is to occur is already seeing rapid expansion of the area, with a number of multimillion-dollar megaresorts both in the planning and construction phases. Â The new sewer and water systems, therefore, will cater to the increased development of this land and ensure that current residents also benefit.
One matter that continues to be highly debated is the GOBÂs priorities for the land. Â Many of those living in northern Ambergris Caye, such as San Mateo, currently lack the basic infrastructure and have wanted a water and sewer system for some time. Â However, it is only now, when the tourism of Belize is on the rise, that the vital funds from the government have been provided. Â Regardless of peopleÂs individual feelings though, news that the services are to be developed in the coming years are welcomed and it means that for many visitors and residents, lifeÂs amenities will soon be improved.