Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced the government’s plan to eliminate community standpipes in Antigua and Barbuda. He said that residents in the country will have pipe borne water in each home.
PM Browne, while speaking at the ground breaking of the Knuckle block project in the Grays Green community on Wednesday said that Cabinet will meet on Saturday, where the decision will be formalized.
“There are individuals still going to the public pipes for water. We will fix that. In fact, when we meet in Cabinet on Saturday we will take a decision to eliminate all standpipes throughout the country and to make sure that we provide
pipe-borne water in the homes of every single Antiguan & Barbudan,” Browne said.
He also told residents that the government will pump 1 hundred million dollars into that community.
“In less than two and a half years into out term in office, we would have spent in the region on 30 million in this community and before the end of this term we will spend at least, one hundred million dollars in this community,” he added.
Meantime, Culture Minister Paul Chet Green has promised that members of the community will be given first priority for jo0bs to construct the community centre.
“And so [yesterday] morning those of you who have heavy-duty equipment, find Wesley James of Public Works or Minister Teco Lake.
For the young men in this community who are not working and who desire work on this project, find Public Works because the jobs are first and foremost yours,” he said.
The project which has a preliminary budget of 38 million RMB, comprises of a Community Center, an indoor Basketball Arena, and a covered parking area