The Government of Dominica has spent over $40-million on water projects across the island, Water Resource Management Minister Reginald Austrie has revealed.
Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony of the Bense water supply project earlier this week Austrie said that over the last two years a number of projects have been implemented with some currently being installed.
“We spent $3.4-million on the Warner water supply last year, in Campbell we spent $1.7-million, in Delices we spent $2.8-million, in Petite Savanne we spent $1.3-million,” he said. “On the water filtration system in Antrim we spent $3.4-million, in Marigot we spent $1.3-million, and in Canefield to St.Joseph we replaced the pipes at a cost of $5-million dollars. In Penville, we are nearing the completion of that project, we spent $2.7-million.”
Austrie stated that $1.1-million was spent in Shawford and $2.3-million will be spent in Grand Fond.
He pointed out that the government recently completed a 500,000 gallon water storage tank in Morne Bruce to ensure the adequacy of water supply to Roseau and the environment. He noted that the project was done at a cost of $4.5-million.
Austrie went on to say that over $25-million will be spent on the West Coast water supply project, which will be extended from the community of Salisbury to Capuchin.
According to the minister the projects are in keeping with efforts at providing portable water to communities and will ensure that Dominica moves further towards meeting the target of the millennium development goals.