The St. Lucia Social Development Fund (SSDF) and the Water & Sewerage Company (WASCO) have signed an agreement to increase the availability of pipe-borne water to the Choiseul region.
The Victoria Water Supply Expansion Project is intended to alleviate the challenge of potable water scarcity with the installation of a 100,000-gallon glass-fused steel metal water tank at Victoria, Choiseul. This water tank will streamline water availability to households in the communities of Morne Jacques, Belle-Vue, Fond Coco, Matin, Raveneau, Dwadin, Mongouge and other surrounding areas.
The contract for this project was signed at a ceremony on April 17, 2023, at WASCO’s conference room at L’Anse Road, Castries.
The Saint Lucia Social Development Fund Deputy Project Manager Brandon Antoine stated that with the new upgrade to the water supply system, Choiseul residents will now benefit from a constant flow of pipe water.
“We are hoping that with this project and the installation of a 100, 000 Gallon water tank, the required infrastructure, as well as identifying new sources of water catchments, the water woes of these communities would have been eliminated. Currently the water intake for the 50,000-gallon water tank is at Fond St. Jacques. In discussions with WASCO, we were assured that the 100, 000-gallon tank could be accommodated. This new upgrade would indeed benefit the surrounding communities, which will now receive a constant supply of pipe water.” SSDF Deputy Project Manager Brandon Antoine.
CEO of the Water and Sewage Authority Zilta George-Leslie noted that the upgrade would eliminate the situation where consumers would receive water intermittently throughout the week.
“At this time we are very happy about this venture with SSDF. We know that this venture will alleviate the plight of our customers in that area as the benefits of stored water are endless, especially in this time of drought and extreme weather conditions where our supply is usually affected. We would like to thank the SSDF for this partnership and we look forward to more initiatives with the SSDF.” CEO of WASCO Zilta Leslie.
Choiseul district has traditionally been faced with an unsteady supply of water due to several factors including topography, climate change and the development of the domestic, agricultural and commercial sectors.
The Victoria Water Supply Expansion Project is jointly funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Government of Saint Lucia (GOSL).
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