Water supply expected to be restored after partial disruption by TW Grace

Flooding in Belfast caused by TW Grace
Flooding in Belfast caused by TW Grace

Efforts continue to restore water to residents served by the Springfield water intake, the only one, according to DOWASCO, to be affected by rain from Tropical Wave Grace on Friday.

DOWASCO’S Public Relations Officer Edward Registe told Dominica News Online (DNO) in an interview on Saturday that heavy silt caused the Springfield water intake to be blocked, however work was underway to unblock it.

“It got heavily silted, which means it got blocked basically,” he said.

He said they are not sure what caused the heavy silt, but a crew had partially unblocked the intake and water would be restored during the course of Saturday.

The Springfield water intake supplies water into communities from Mero to Castle Comfort and is referred to as Water Area one (1).

DNO has learnt that efforts continue to restore water to certain parts of Castle Comfort which were still without water on Saturday.

The country saw heavy rains from late Friday into Saturday due to the passage of the remnants of Tropical Wave-Grace.

The passage of Tropical Storm Erika on August 27, caused several millions of dollars in damage to the company’s water system and made all the water areas vulnerable, according to DOWASCO’s GM Bernard Etinoffe.

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7 Comments

  1. A. George
    September 14, 2015

    It was a Tropical Depression no?

  2. grell
    September 14, 2015

    Dominica is doomed,and we are still not getting the message.Politics has killed this nation.Mark my words.

  3. Peter Potter
    September 14, 2015

    How much longer do we have to wait? The supply before Erika was patchy. Out of all utility companies in Dominica, Dowasco is by far the worst performing. Now is the time for consequences. Heads need to roll! We can not go on like this.

  4. Frustrated
    September 13, 2015

    Since after d storm Grandbay have not have water in such a large community with DOWASCO themselves admitting that 65 percent of d village dont have water, why is Grandbay not being made a major priority??????

  5. Fred
    September 13, 2015

    I believe the head of DOWASCO said Giraudel would have its water supply back by the weekend. Clearly that hasn’t happened. I’m sure you are all doing your best but regular and more accurate updates would be appreciated. Many thanks.

  6. tuyreur
    September 13, 2015

    Long before rain start you all take water, I called and you all said you all doing repairs and you don’t know when it coming back

    How people supposed to go to work, Go to school and cook and clean and get ready for the week without water

    today is Sunday, still no water, i not paying water for September, give all you customers credit for September i don’t have money for that

    • The Real Facts
      September 13, 2015

      I can understand your disappointment and frustration. It is always wise to collect water especially after tropical storm, Erika. Do not take a chance. Even though there are no storms, always keep a supply of water in your home for a few days. Then throw it out, rinse and refill the containers. Do this just in case. It is a tedious task but important. Ensure the water is covered.
      Two winters ago there was an ice storm in Toronto. The ice on the trees and wind caused a power outage. My household did not have electricity a few days before Christmas; almost five days. Our lights returned on Christmas Eve afternoon, lucky for us; some people, for longer than that. Some out of Toronto, for a month or more. This was suffering and punishment. It was no easy time. The temperature dropped below zero made it worst.
      I had water because I always keep some water. Some people had none.. This was a lesson to be learned. Always have water. Hope you get water soon.

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