A new $3.6-million water system has been commissioned for the community of Warner, seeking to address the issue of the community stemming from the age of the previous system that scarcely affords the community proper supply.
Due to the community’s elevation, the new water system features two concrete tanks with a storage capacity of 75,000 imperial gallons and two electric water pumps used to pump the water up to a suitable elevation for distribution. This has contributed to the high cost of the system.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerritt, in his address at a ceremony yesterday spoke of the new system being a key part of the community’s transition and further development.
He stated, “I look at the number of homes and Warner is becoming an urban community and we could not not have water to supply the homes of these people. So I am here to celebrate with you and to identify with your excitement. We are here to say this is not a dream, it is a reality. And with the presence of water, one can appreciate the social and economic impact it will have on you the residents of Warner. We will see continued expansion of the village, we will see an improvement in agriculture and we will see more businesses wanting to establish in this part of the country. And for those who did not want to build in Warner because there was no water, you will now want to [build here].”
Representative for the Mahaut Constituency Rayburn Blackmoore also addressed the ceremony and made known his belief that this project will improve the quality of life of the people of Warner and signal a departure from days when villager used to travel as far as Belfast for drinking water and the water trucks that were sent to provide water during the dry season.
Blackmoore believe that the community will experience an evolution due to this system. He said, “You’re going to see more value added to your property and you’re going to see the prospect for the emergence of commercial real estate in Warner and so I feel happy to be part of this project.”
Two contractors were employed for the project RRJ Ltd and Felix Thomas working concurrently.