National authorities, representatives of the government of the Costa Caribe Norte region, Kenny Bell, Head of EU Delegation in Nicaragua, Panama, and ambassador to the Central American Integration System (SICA), and Spain’s ambassador to Nicaragua, Rafael Garranzo, participated at an event in Bilwi to celebrate the completion of the first stage of work to upgrade and extend the drinking water system in the city of Bilwi.
The completion of this project will enable commencement of work to provide drinking water to a population expected to reach 160,000 within 30 years, including the indigenous Miskito communities of Sising, Kuakuil, Boom Sirpi y Yulu Tingni.
The project also includes the construction of a dam on the River Likus for water intake 38 kilometres from Bilwi. The project will be financed to the tune of $43 million by the European Union and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development, through the IDB.
It is also envisaged that finance will be provided for the sewage system of the city of Bilwi, thus providing the city with a new, modern drinking water supply and sewage system. The EU will also finance the drinking water and sewage system of the city of Bluefields, and other cooperation projects with the Costa Caribe region.
The programme is expected to provide 600,000 people with a modern drinking water supply service. 240,000 of these will have access to drinking water for the first time, while the remaining 360,000 will enjoy better quality water and, consequently, a better quality of life.