Minister for the Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal, Honorable Joseph Isaac informed that the Government of Dominica is continuing on its journey to build a resilient water sector which includes providing potable water island-wide.
This was highlighted at a handing over ceremony of water trucks by UNICEF to DOWASCO this week.
Isaac said that one hundred percent access to potable water on the island should have been achieved in 2015, however this was halted as a result of tropical storm Erika in that year followed by the passage of hurricane Maria in 2017.
These major disasters damaged all of the island’s water systems.
“I am happy though, to report that ninety-eight percent of communities around Dominica now have access to potable water. Lest we forget, I want us to remember that we have come a very,very long way from the day of Maria,” he said.
DOWASCO has already articulated a number of measures the company will be taking to ensure a more robust water infrastructure as the country works towards resilience.