Dominica Water and Sewage Company (DOWASCO) has received a donation of two water trucks from United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
The trucks were handed over at a special ceremony on Thursday 25th April 2019 on DOWASCO’s compound in Goodwill.
General Manager of DOWASCO, Bernard Ettinoffe expressed that the trucks, valued US$400,000 “will be used for the delivery of water to communities, especially during times of disaster, times of drought and other times of need.”
According to Chairman of DOWASCO’s Board of Directors, Louis Patrick Hill, following the passage of Hurricane Maria the company rented private trucks which cost in excess of $2 million.
Meanwhile, UNICEF representative for the Eastern Caribbean area, Dr. Aloys Kamuragiye considers Dominican citizens the most resilient he has encountered since the passing of Hurricane Maria.
“You recovered so quickly, it encouraged UNICEF the maximum to support your efforts…. You encouraged us to stay and support your long-term development agenda during a small talk with the Honorable Minister of Resilience about the resilience agenda. Definitely UNICEF is one of those who will ensure you reach that resilience because you have no choice. You have to adapt to this changing environment,” he said.
Dr. Kamuragiye also encouraged proper maintenance of the water trucks.