Early in February Ambergris Today reported that the island residents were being asked to conserve water as there might be a possibility of water shortage during the upcoming high season (around Spring/Easter Break). General Manager of Consolidated Water Belize, Mr. Clifford Dillon, contacted the San Pedro Business Association to help in passing on the message of water conservation since the water supply demand for Ambergris Caye was barely being met.
The manager of CWBL explained that it was essential to practice water conservation on the island until a new water production facility is placed on the island. In response to these allegations and information brought up by CWBL to the San Pedro Business Association and the public in general the Belize Water Services (BWS) sent a press release press release in regards to the water supply situation on the island.
In the release BWS stated that after their recent Water Demand Review completed in January 2011, BWS requested CWBL to implement a maximum plant capacity of up to 550,000 gallons per day. However, CWBL proposed a maximum plant capacity of 420,000 gallons per day.
Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. has now sent a respond to the reports made regarding public concern of a possible water shortage in San Pedro. In a press release dated, Monday, February 27, 2012, Mr. Ramjeet Jerrybandan, Vice President of Operations of Consolidated Water Co Ltd, stated, “I would like to assure the residents of San Pedro that our subsidiary company, Consolidated Water Belize Ltd (CWBL), has always exceeded its contractual water supply obligations to Belize Water Services Limited (BWSL). CWBL is committed to doing its part to ensure that BWSL has an adequate supply of potable water to meet its growing needs in San Pedro.”
Jerrybandan continued, “The desalination plant is presently capable of producing up to 550,000 gallons per day and CWBL is capable of delivering volumes in excess of BWSL’s current average daily demand.”
The release continued on by stating that CWBL expects to continue to meet or exceed its contracted water supply obligations to BWSL particularly during the upcoming Easter Holidays.