Work is ongoing to consolidate nine independent water systems into one major network.
What’s known as the New West Coast Water Supply Project is being undertaken at a cost of more than $27 million.
The project is being described as one of the largest water upgrade projects ever to be undertaken in Dominica, and is expected to result in a significantly improved water supply for residents along Dominica’s west coast from Salisbury to Capuchin when completed.
The European Union is pumping $21 million into that project, with the Government of Dominica investing an additional $6 million.
The project has been divided into three Lots.
Lot two which involves the laying of thirty kilometers of supply lines along the road shoulders was the first phase of the project to get underway.
According to the project contractor, Zozime Serge Enterprise out of Martinique, Just over 26 kilometers of pipelines have already been laid, and over 30 per cent of pressure testing on those pipes has been completed.
Pressure testing is a process employed to ensure that there are no leaks in the system before they are put into use.
The contractors say that that aspect of the project is well on track for completion by October 2012.
Lot One involves the construction of two new intakes and two modern treatment facilities along the Picard and Coulibistrie Rivers, as well as the adjoining pipe works required to connect to the supply lines along the coast.
A release from water company DOWASCO says these intakes and treatment facilities are being located much further upstream than the existing facilities, and will require the construction of new or extended access routes.
Lot three of the project involves the construction of nine storage tanks to supply various communities within the project area and is expected to get underway at a later date, according to DOWASCO.
The overall anticipated completion date for the entire project is November 2013.
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