Picard water safe – DOWASCO

Dominica Water and Sewage CO LTD (DOWASCO) is assuring residents of Picard that their water supply is safe for consumption and general use.

Concerns were raised by some in the community about the quality of the water after the company advised customers to take necessary precautions since increase turbidity might be expected due to ongoing excavation works in the area.

Turbidity is a term used to measure the quality of water due to the presence of suspended particles. If water has a high level of suspended particles it gets murkier and the level of turbidity rises.

According PRO of DOWASCO, Ed Registe, the increase in turbidity expected from the excavation work did not come to fruition and the water is safe.

“We did not experience the high level of turbidity which was expected therefore DOWASCO assures residents that the quality of the supply has not been compromised,” he stated.

To back up his claim Registe said independent and internal testing of the water supply has not indicated the presence of any harmful pathogens or contaminants in the water. “The announcement given earlier was given only as a precautionary measure in the event of increased turbidity,” he stressed.

He pointed out that the company will continue to monitor the ongoing excavation works in the area “with the view of ensuring that the quality of the water supply is maintained.”

Registe apologized for any inconvenience caused to customers and repeated that the water supply remains safe.

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7 Comments

  1. Sentinel
    January 26, 2013

    I have been observing the turbidity of the water in the Picard river for some time now with some concern. I almost got myself a water filter but when I saw the cost incurred by my friends with water filters who change theirs every week or so, I decided to hold back and purchase bottled water. Dowasco has had this construction work going on in the area for a few months now and if it rains for 5 minutes, the water turns brown as the road works being undergone are above the present intake. I think that DOWASCO should do better than just assure people that turbid water is safe. This water supply also supplies the Ross University and all its clients in the Picard area, Dominica’s largest source of external revenue. Take not DOWASCO, take careful note.

  2. Jah Gwatas
    January 26, 2013

    i get malvat on dat wi…smh

  3. picard
    January 26, 2013

    My independent testing of Picard’s water supply gave my diarhhea. Not mad though, but the water was all the sudden brown out the tap.

  4. Satelite
    January 25, 2013

    Thank you Mr. Registe

  5. Not a herd follower
    January 25, 2013

    DNO, the story is incomplete. Why is excavation work going on and who is undertaking it? Is a road project being implemented? Who carried out the independent test? I would appreciate if these questions are answered. People who live outside of Picard and Dominica need more information to fully understand the context of the story. Thanks.

    • Sentinel
      January 26, 2013

      I agree with you. DNO should investigate the credentials of the person/company undergoing those excavation works, their knowledge of and adherence to best practices when operating near a drinking water supply without compromising the quality of the water.

    • d/a lady
      January 28, 2013

      The works being done are that of the Dowasco West Coast Water supply Project Lot 1, to build a new intake further up the Picard river.

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