Two Water Pumps are Rehabilitated in CitÃ© Soleil
- Tuesday, July 19, 2011 4:13 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - A project began in 2004 to rehabilitate two pump stations in Cite Soleil, Duvivier 2 and 4, was completed over the weekend.
Begun in January through a partnership of the National Directorate of Water Supply and Sanitation (DINEPA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) the completion of the two pumps represents a stage of a project begun in late 2004 for the people of Cite Soleil.
Le Nouvelliste reported that before the repairs the existing infrastructure were in an advanced state of degradation, and residents, say the officials, faced with situations of violence as they traveled long distances to fetch water.
The work is not expected to solve the problem of drinking water for the 200,000 inhabitants of Cite Soleil, but the project partners say it will greatly improve service.
"The restoration of these pumping stations Duvivier 2 and 4 Duvivier will greatly improve access to water throughout the network of water supply to CitÃ© Soleil. With a streamlined distribution system in progress, in addition to optimal farm management, production of water in CitÃ© Soleil is expected to increase further," said Simon Ashmore of the ICRC. "The inauguration" he said, "is a particularly important time for the town whose inhabitants have experienced very difficult times and still live in precarious conditions."
"Access to quality water, on a regular basis, daily, must become an increasing reality for residents in Cite Soleil. This opening provides an opportunity for awareness of all the need to better manage and preserve this important resource," said Ashmore.
The Director of Regional Operations DINEPA, Ruth Angerville, argued for the management, servicing and maintenance works to ensure its sustainability. "This work is a vision of sustainability and viability and also reflect the image DINEPA wants to advocate their points of production.
"A secure site clean and well maintained with standard material", welcomed Ms Angerville. "This kind of investment," she said, "will not be only at the metropolitan area, but throughout the country."
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Source: Le Nouvelliste