DOWASCO reports full water restoration post TS Erika

first_img Share LocalNews DOWASCO reports full water restoration post TS Erika by: Dominica Vibes News – January 6, 2016 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img General Manager of DOWASCO, Bernard Ettinoffe (file photo)Access to potable water has been restored to every village following destruction caused to Dominica’s water supply during the passage of Tropical Strom Erika, General Manager of the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company Limited (DOWASCO), Bernard Ettinoffe has said.The impact of Tropical Storm Erika on the island’s water and sewerage system was estimated at fifty million Eastern Caribbean dollars (EC$50M) as 100% of DOWASCO water systems were adversely impacted.Prior to the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, DOWASCO provided water to ninety-eight percent (98%) of the population and the completion of the Belles/Sylvania/Layou Park Water Project would have brought this to about 99% water coverage throughout the island.In an interview with the Government Information Service recently, Ettinoffe explained that the Belles/Sylvania/Layou Park Water Project should have been commissioned in October 2015 but because of the storm “we had a major setback not just for Belles/Sylvania/Layou Park Water Project but throughout Dominica. All 44 water systems were tremendously affected”.Ettinoffe said he is pleased to report that almost all of those systems are now up and running and every community is again being served with potable water from DOWASCO.He added that some of the systems were replaced temporarily in order to ensure that all persons have access to clean water.Due to the fact that some of the systems are temporary DOWASCO is having issues with providing constant water supply in some communities.“We have been trying to provide water to as far as Grand Savanne, Salisbury from the Picard, Portsmouth intake. That has been going fairly ok with the exception that to fill the Salisbury tank, we have to shut off some valves in the Portsmouth area so that we can divert more water on the west coast so that everybody can receive water at some time,” he explained.Ettinoffe, who acknowledged that the temporary systems are not the best thing as customers complain from time to time, said the company tries to inform the public beforehand of the schedule interruptions by way of radio announcements.“Temporary restoration cost DOWASCO in excess of $5m and the more permanent work will cost in the region of $38m. We will be working with government and the financial institutions to see how we can bring those systems up to speed in the shortest time,” he indicated.Ettinoffe explained that because DOWASCO recognizes that the systems are very vulnerable, even to minor weather conditions, the company will do all that it can with government’s cooperation to ensure that the systems are brought to a standard that can serve the people of Dominica.He said Giraudel, one of the communities seriously affected by Tropical Storm Erika, was the last community where water supply was restored in December.“It’s a pumping system and we had to replace pipes and source the armoured cable to power the pumps down by the river. We got those just before Christmas and with the assistance of DOMLEC and the contractor, we were able to restore water to the Giraudel community,” Ettinoffe noted.The next step for DOWASCO, he said, is to source money to make the systems more permanent. 206 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

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