Update on Water Restoration post Hurricane Maria

by: - October 4, 2017
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General Manager DOWASCO – Bernard Ettinoffe
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General Manager of the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company (DOWASCO) has described the company as “making tremendous strides” in reconnecting the country with pipe borne water.

Speaking at the daily press briefing on Tuesday October 3, 2017, Bernard Ettinoffe said water was recently restored in the Roseau area while Goodwill has had water for some time.

“Yesterday about midday we were able to restore water in Roseau proper. Last night we had to turn the system off again because of the number of complaints of properties being flooded. Off course there are a number of broken pipes across Roseau, but, we are working on repairing some of those leaks and turning back the water on today,” he explained.

Mr. Ettinoffe said DOWASCO is happy that the Morne Bruce tank is “almost filled” which means all of Roseau will be supplied once the water is turned on.

In addition to the Roseau area a number of other areas have received water while work continues in Calibishie, Good Hope, Castle Bruce, San Sauveur and Riviere Cyrique.

A problematic area for the local water company is in the Wesley, Calibishie, Woodfordhill area he added as there are “tremendous challenges”. However, they are receiving support from USAID and PAHO with water purification and distribution of the purified water by trucks to various communities.

So far, persons in Warner, Mahaut, Massacre, St. Joseph and more can receive water from these trucks. Purification systems, Ettinoffe added are being set up in the Colihaut and Coulibistrie areas.

Meanwhile residents of Wallhouse, Loubiere and Pointe Michel areas can look forward to their water being restored by week end as the Sung Corner intake has been cleared and broken pipes are being repaired.

Ettinoffe also said clearing works continue in Bense and the company looks to restore water to the Kalinago Territory by tomorrow, Wednesday 4 October, 2017.

“So we are working tirelessly thanks to the hardworking men of DOWASCO who go round the clock and off course support from the public and the government of Dominica,” he said soliciting the continued support and encouragement from the public.