West Coast Water Supply Ground Breaking
Residents who all live on the West Coast, can now breathe a sigh of relief as Wednesday March 28th was the official day for the ground breaking of the West Coast Water Supply Project, which will resolve the water problems they have been facing.
General Manager of the Dominica Water and Sewage Company (DOWASCO), Mr. Bernard Etinoffe who gave thanks to the European Commission through the delegation of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica for making this project possible.
Mr. Etinoffe says that the project seeks to consolidate 9 individual small water systems into an integrated network with 2 reliable sources of water, One on the Coulibistrie River and the second on the Picard River, each with a capacity to supply the entire water system, independently.
He went on to say that the project also make provisions for adequate water treatment which is necessary in the area, and additional water storage tanks to be used during adverse weather conditions, so residents will still have running water.
Head of Operations of the European Union, Mr. Hubert Perr says, this West Coast water project is a perfect opportunity, to show the excellent relationship Dominica has with the European Union and the EU WHO will continuously support Dominica.
Minister for Lands, Housing Settlements and Water Resource Management, Honourable Reginald Austrie says the residents in the West Coast Communities will finally get relief, since they have been longing for this for over 40 years now. These areas include Salibury, Colihaut and Dublanc among others.
Mr. Austrie also said that over the last few years, the government of Dominica has spent over 15 million dollars in making portable water accessible to a number of communities such as Delices, Campbell, Petite Savanne and Warner among others.