Gov’t continues to demonstrate its commitment to the development of water resources on the island
The Government of Dominica continues to demonstrate its commitment to the development of water resources on the island as it partnered with several other organizations to commission a new water supply system in the community of Petite Savanne.
The new water supply system was developed and financed at a cost of $1,575,000.00 with 1.2 Million coming from the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) through the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) $329,124.00 coming from Dominica Water and Sewerage Company (DOWASCO) and 20% coming from the Government of Dominica.
The old water supply system in Petite Savanne was built some thirty (30) years ago and overtime as the population grew, infrastructure aged prompting the relevant authorities to provide a new system to serve the residents of the community.
Chairman of DOWASCO Mr. Larry Bardouille said that he is pleased that the contract which began in November 2009 was finally able to be completed in February 2011, despite the many challenges that were encountered during the construction phase.
BNTF Representative Mr. Matthew Carrette said that they are pleased to have funded the project in the sum of $1,246,364.00
Operations Officer at the Caribbean Development Bank Mr. Samuel Maxwell said that the role of the Project Monitoring Committee does not end there but continues not only with reference to the maintenance of the system but also as it relates to proper use of this valuable resource.
Parliamentary Representative and Minister for the Environment, Natural Resources, Physical Planning and Fisheries Dr. Kenneth Darroux says this is indeed a glorious moment for the Petite Savanne Community since for the first time in over twenty (20) years they can now boast of a reliable water supply system.
The components of the new Petite Savanne Water Supply System comprises of the construction of a new intake, a new supply pipeline network of 3,100 feet of 4 inch galvanize pipes, new distribution networks about 16,000 feet of 2 inch and 3 inch high density polyethylene pipes and 4 inch PVC pipes, construction of a new 15,000 imperial gallons concrete storage tank.
It also includes the construction of a new chlorination facility, the rehabilitation of a 15,000 imperial gallons storage tank at Galba, installation of fire hydrants, pressure reducing valves to the intake and storage tanks about 1,800 feet in length and 12 feet wide with submersible culvert crossing and transfer of service connections to the new water system.