(L-R) Marion McNab, Katherine Mendez, Crooked Tree Chairman George Guest, Hon. Edmund Castro, Crooked Tree Water Board Chair James Dawson, and SIF acting Executive Director Daniel Cano
A new water system was inaugurated on Dec 19, 2009 in Crooked Tree Village in the Belize District. The system was implemented by the Social Investment Fund, a statutory body under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Development.
Over 900 residents will now have access to potable water. Crooked Tree is a Village of about 245 families and was in dire need of adequate water supply. The Village had endured yearly water problems and in the dry season most of the wells would run dry. This project is an historic and a much needed one.
The new water system includes a 20,000 gallon water tank with piping and fittings, a chlorination unit, a pump house and a distribution network connected to 245 household.
The estimated cost of this project is BZ$1,250,000; making it one of the largest projects of its kind. Of the total investment, 65% came from the Belize Rural Development Program (BRDF) as a grant from the European Union under the 9th European Development Fund, 22% from the Government of Belize as counterpart funding and 13% from the community in labor.
Guest speakers during the inauguration ceremony were the Hon. Edmond Castro, Minister of State in the Ministry of Works and Belize Rural North Representative
Ms. Katherine Mendez, Deputy National Authorizing Officer, Ministry of Economic Development
Dr. Marcelino Avila, BRDP Project Director
Mr. Daniel Cano, Acting Executive Director, Social Investment Fund
Mrs. Marion McNab, CEO, Ministry of Rural Development
Mr. George Guest, Chairman Crooked Tree Village
Mr. James Dawson, Chairman Crooked Tree Water Board
Mr. Rudolph Crawford, Past Chairman Crooked Tree Village
James Dawson, Chairman Water Board
“This is a very important thing to Crooked Tree because we always have the dry season and we always have the flood that contaminates the water in Crooked Tree and the other thing I want to tell the people of the village is that this water system is going to benefit all of us in that the rate that we are going to pay, I believe will be cheaper than what you use for the pump. It is going to be approximately about $30 the connection fee and about $10 flat rate. It is a three trial fee. $10 flat rate would be for like 1,000 gallons of water and half a cent for each gallon after during the three month test. There will be adjustment if necessary.” Channel 5 Belize