Belize Water Services Limited is the water and sewerage utility for the country of Belize, serving the larger municipal areas of the country. As part of a privatization initiative of the Government of Belize (“GOB”), BWS was formed in January 2001 and vested with the assets and liabilities of the former Water and Sewerage Authority in March 2001. Some 83% of the shares of BWS were acquired by Cascal, a joint British-Dutch company, via an investment agreement with the GOB. In October 2005, GOB repurchased the majority shares from Cascal, thereby ensuring Belizean ownership.
The regulatory controls include a statutory regulator, the Public Utilities Commission, the Water Industry Act (2001), an operating License issued by the PUC and a “Codes of Practice” agreed by the Regulator and BWS in 2004.
BWS currently serves approximately 44,000 customers with a total average water demand of some 150 million US gallons per month. Over 60% of the water supplied is produced using conventional water treatment processes with rivers as its sources. Satellite water wells are used for the majority of the other water systems. In San Pedro, BWS distributes water which has been treated by Reverse Osmosis, the conversion of sea water to drinking water. Since 2001, BWS has increased its investment in Assets and implemented improved procedures and controls to increase its efficiency.
In completing all the various projects, most of which were expansions or improvements to water systems, and continuing to invest in refurbishment and new infrastructure, BWS continues to respond to the growing aspirations of our stakeholders, namely our Customers, Employees and Shareholders. Fundamental to meeting these objectives, both in the short and long term, has been the initiation of a holistic approach towards improving the Company’s performance. This broad-based strategy, oriented towards our customers, has provided the Company with a firm platform from which further goals will be achieved in the coming years.
The Company’s headquarters is in Belize City and it administrates operations via (8) eight offices throughout the country. Below is a map of BWS’s supply areas.