Dominica Water and Sewerage Company (DOWASCO) has advised the general public to stock up on water as the island’s water system could be affected by Hurricane Irma.

“DOWASCO wants to remind our customers and residents on a whole to ensure that they have water in storage in the event that the country is impacted by the hurricane,” Public Relations Officer (PRO) of DOWASCO Edward Registe said. “With the collection of water for domestic use, we encourage that water is stored in cleaned and covered containers and that enough water is stored for domestic use, for everyone in the household along with your pets.”

According to Registe the company has to do all that is necessary to ensure that full preparations are made.

He said that a DOWASCO planning team has met and the company is “making all preparations necessary in the event that Hurricane Irma impacts Dominica.”

He said while it is not expected that Dominica will be directly impacted, “we expect heavy rainfall which could put our systems at risk.”

Registe stated further that many of the company’s water systems remain vulnerable, “and therefore we have to continue full preparations.”

Registe went on to say that DOWASCO gives the commitment that every effort will be made to restore water as quickly as possible in the event of interruptions.

DOWASCO also encourages everyone to be safe and ensure the safety of property.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Dominica as Hurricane Irma nears the Leeward Islands.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 24 hours.