Campbell community welcomes a $ 1.6 million water project

Campbell community welcomes a $1.6 million water project

 

The community of Campbell and Despor welcomed a $1.6 million water project, which was commissioned by the government of Dominica and the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company (DOWASCO) on August 4th, 2010.

 

This new system replaces the original Campbell water system which was first developed in 1978.

 

General Manager of DOWASCO, Mr Bernard Ettinoffe said that this new system will alleviate the water shortage situation and improve the lives of residents in the area.

 

The project which began in January of 2010 is the first project to be completed out of six priority projects funded exclusively by the Government of Dominica. It involves the construction of a new storage tank, a pump house and installation of two electrical pumps and distribution lines and pipes. The project was implemented by two contractors and we are pleased to say that both aspects of the project were completed within the specified time frames,” said Ettinoffe.

 

Parliamentary representative for the Mahaut constituency, Honorable Rayburn Blackmoore said that a similar project will be commissioned in Warner next month.

 

“…next month we are going to commission a similar project in Warner costing $3.6 million…” said Blackmoore.

 

Minister for Lands, Housing, Settlements and Water Resource Management, Honorable Reginald Austrie encouraged the residents of Campbell to use the water wisely.

 

“While we can count ourselves here to be very fortunate we must respect water, because it impacts heavily not only in Dominica, but on the international community. You saw the crisis that was there in the Caribbean during the drought period..and so we must not take it for granted, we must respect water and make the best use of it,” cautioned Austrie.

 

Dominica’s prime minister, Honorable Roosevelt Skerrit said that the sustainability of the water system depends heavily on the residents.

 

“I also want to take the opportunity to tell you that the ability of DOWASCO to maintain the system to acceptable standards will depend on the prompt payment of your water bills,” said Skerrit.

 

The project which was funded entirely by the government of Dominica was contracted by Mr Francis Thomas and Mr Steve Astaphan of Jars Sales and Services, along with engineers and technical assistants of DOWASCO and villagers of Campbell.

 

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