Prime Minister Says Dominica On The Way To Have 100 Percent Access To Water
Prime Minister Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit says that Government recognizes the need to ensure that everyone has access to clean pipe-borne water, and his Government will continue to work hard to ensure this is made possible.
Mr. Skerrit made the statement at a site visit to the West Coast Water Project on Wednesday October 17th, pointing out that the Government’s goal of achieving 100 percent access to potable water on the Island.
The project is being financed by the Government of Dominica and the European Union and will cost in the excess of EC$30 million dollars.
Mr. Skerrit pointed out that so far the project has provided employment for over 50 locals.
Mr. Skerrit says although we may have 365 rivers, the call of some persons that water should be free in Dominica is not possible, as the cost to take this water to our homes is very expensive.
He stated that they have just completed water projects in Delices, while they are working on other projects in communities such as Penville, Warner, Campbell, Shawford, Petite Savanne and Grand Fond among others.
The Prime Minister says once that issue is addressed in the areas of Penrice and Belles, we would have achieved 100 percent universal access to clean potable water in Dominica.
The Penrice water project is expected to cost more than $5-million.
Access to clean portable water is a social good and is never about the return that can be made on it.
Minister of Lands, Housing Settlement and Water Resource Management Honourable Reginald Austrie says, Dominicans don’t pay for water as the only cost that is passed on to the consumers is for servicing and taking the water to the system.
Mr. Austrie added that additional funds need to be sourced, because apart from laying the pipe work and building two water intakes, nine storage tanks need to be constructed, which will cost an estimated EC 10 million dollars.