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Prime Minister reiterates Government’s commitment to provide 24/7 water supply

Date: October 01, 2019
Domain:Public Utilities
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS – 01 October, 2019: Government is investing massively in the upgrading of modern infrastructural water systems to improve the water distribution network across Mauritius and ensure that the population has access to clean water on a 24/7 basis.
The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, made this statement, yesterday, at the launching of the Bagatelle Water Treatment Plant, in Bagatelle. The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Mr Ivan Collendavelloo, and several ministers and personalities were present on the occasion.
In his address, Prime Minister Jugnauth dwelt on the daunting challenges and unfavourable conditions that the water sector has been facing over the years.  One of the major steps taken by the Government to address water-related issues was the construction of the Bagatelle Water Treatment Plant, he recalled.  This project will considerably enable the sector to operate efficiently and ensure clean water distribution to the regions of Port-Louis and the lower Plaine Wilhems, he indicated.
For his part, Deputy Prime Minister Collendavelloo highlighted that the Government is working on a major water reform to further enhance the water distribution system. As at date, around 302 000 out of 375 000 households are benefitting from 24/7 water supply, he added.
Since 2015, he pointed out, 700 new employees have been recruited at the Central Water Authority (CWA) and lauded the employees who are working towards ensuring supply of quality water round the clock at improved regular pressure. The CWA, he highlighted, is implementing several projects aimed at increasing treated water, rehabilitating and expanding treatment plants, replacing pipe network and enhancing storage capacity.
Bagatelle Water Treatment Plant
It is recalled that the Bagatelle Water Treatment Plant, funded to the tune of Rs 1 332 520 373, is expected to produce 57 000 m3/day and supply potable water at adequate pressure on a 24-hour basis to some 60 000 households in the lower Plaine Wilhems region and in Port Louis.
The regions concerned are: lower Quatre Bornes, Belle Rose, Ollier, Roche Brunes, Stanley, Mont Roches, Rose Hill, Beau Bassin, Coromandel, Belle Etoile, Camp Levieux, Cretin, Pailles, Guibies, and Camp Chapelon.
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