$40-million for Antrim Water Supply Project

water tapSome $40-million is expected to be pumped into the Antrim Water Supply Project from a loan acquired by government for that purpose.

Minister of Water Resource Management, Reginald Austrie, said the loan was made available by the Caribbean Development Bank.

Speaking at a workshop organised by the DOWASCO in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Colombia dubbed, ‘Loss control in Dominica’s water supply system”, Austrie said that over the past several years, the demand for water has increased, prompting government to invest millions in infrastructural development, to facilitate the supply of portable water to their population.

“Yet we have observed the availability of fresh water is decreasing at crisis level, that’s why the cost of water infrastructure continues to rise,” he said.

He said further, that over the last two to three years, Government has spent of $67-million dollars in improving of water systems in Dominica.

According to Austrie, there are several water supply projects that are expected to come on stream soon.

Meantime, General Manager of DOWASCO Bernard Ettinoff, says there is an increase in demand for water in the world.

“We are seeing a reduction in the volume of water worldwide for use. The world has to grapple with climate change which negatively impacts the quantity and quality of water. This means countries must take measures to bring about greater water security for the well being of the people,” he said.

Advisor to the Colombian Presidential Agency for International Cooperation, Eduardo Guierroro, speaking through an interpreter, said a mission is expected to leave Dominica for Colombia to further understudy how water is conserved in Colombia.

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  1. March 22, 2013

    Good morning. With all the Rivers we have in Dominica all our citizens should have pipe Bourne water. We can pay this loan by selling water to the Virgin Islands.

  2. Anonymous
    March 22, 2013

    Assuming half of that is not syphoned into private pockets and it’s a pretty safe bet that is exactly the plan but hopefully the net result will be a much improved water supply.

    I hope CDB combs through their projects with a fine toothed comb to ensure those cockroaches dont make off with our money.

  3. March 22, 2013

    Isn’t dominica the land of water

    • Jimi Hendrix
      March 22, 2013

      You expect the water to make its way to your house without infrastructure? Or maybe you dont mind dragging yourself to the river with your bucket in hand. Some of you people are too much.

  4. pingpong
    March 21, 2013

    how can we afford all these loans…

    • IPO
      March 21, 2013

      you are concerned about a loan that will be repayed over 40 Yrs compared to people have water.

      What the Hell is wrong with these people?

      • Anonymous
        March 22, 2013

        yes we have children and they will have children also and thats what keeping the economy from getting harder. who you think is going to pay the loan back, our kids. i want better for my children not worst.

  5. beholder
    March 21, 2013

    Water conservation must be a priority. Too many bad plumbing jobs, no attention to waste water treatment, no encouragement for grey water recycling systems—DOMWASCO could do a lot help the situation. Look around.How many service pipes you see leaking water into the ground.

  6. Anonymous
    March 21, 2013

    40 million, i leaving them places without water, that one not fooling me, somebody pocketing money.67 + 40, hmmmm. who paying that back, allu want to kill my children and the next generation man?

    • IPO
      March 21, 2013

      Is Blessing posting as anonymous

      • Peeping Tom
        March 21, 2013


    March 21, 2013


    Another loan? I wish this was a grant!!!
    We’re already over $600,000 000.00 million in debt.

    Still I wish us the best.

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