DOWASCO reports on water projects

watertapThe Government of Dominica in conjunction with the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company (DOWASCO) is reporting considerable progress on a number of water projects across the country.

DOWASCO’s Public relations Officer, Edward Registe told the Government Information Service (GIS) that one such project is the $1.5-million Grand Fond Water upgrade project.

“We have quite a few projects that are either recently completed or ongoing. We have the Grand Fond water upgrade project. That project is costing us just over $1.5 million. It’s basically completed, funded by the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF),” he said.

Registe reported that the Grand Fond water project included the construction of a 60,000 imperial gallon storage tank and adjoining pipe works.

“We also had the construction of a new intake because residents of that community for some time were complaining about the inefficiency of the system. They have had regular interruption in their water supply and declining water quality,” Registe noted.

Registe added that a second phase of the project which involves the replacement of the distribution lines is expected to commence shortly.

The Bense water supply project is another project which the DOWASCO official has confirmed is nearing completion.

“That project is costing is just over $3.5-million. Again, residents of Bense , Anse Soldat have been complaining about the inefficiency of the system. With the old intake, residents were challenged by low inflow of water. We had to identify a new location for a new intake and that we did along the Hampstead River, which is about two miles into the forest,” he noted.

Registe explained extensive work had to be done on that project.

“We had to have at least 10 river crossings, which means we had to build little bridges across the river to get to the location of the new intake. Five of those have already been completed,” he revealed.

Registe said the water company DOWASCO is hoping to complete the construction of the five other bridges and construct the new intake by March 30th, 2014.

Meanwhile in the community of Vieille Case, Registe said work is ongoing to significantly improve the supply of water to that community.

The DOWASCO official confirmed that the foundation work for a 30,000 gallon storage tank at Pie has begun. He said a separate storage tank will also be built in Cotor.

Registe said two independent contractors have been employed on that project.

A total of $1-million has been invested by Government in the Vielle Case Water upgrade project.

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10 Comments

  1. paul Griffith's
    March 22, 2015

    Can anyone tell me and show all pipe work near Dukesville site in Dublanc and who to talk to as well .

  2. Catarina
    February 21, 2014

    Stop dumping garbage in the ravins and you will have 365 clean rivers to enjoy!

  3. Bense resident
    February 20, 2014

    DOWASCO we waiting!!!!!!!!! we wondering how long again before completion.

  4. Nrt
    February 19, 2014

    Mr. Registe, the Grandbay water system is in dire need of a better filtration system. Any little rain there is dirt/mud down your pipes. Same used to happen in Roseau and the filtration was upgraded, you need to have some fight in you for your community’s health, Ed.

  5. president
    February 19, 2014

    Be patient my people after i give you all free toilet you all will get the water.

  6. Bense
    February 19, 2014

    We have been suffering for many, many years with this water issue, the water project commenced almost two years now, couldn’t DOWASCO have done one project at a time? If this had been done our project would surely would have been completed by now. We are waiting to see how much longer this project will take for completion.

  7. Feeling it
    February 19, 2014

    What hurts most, the people are scared to talk just because of bribery. Materials for road and water project are also used for individuals homes. While working on the project but concrete trucks carrying materials from the same project to people left ,right and centre.

  8. Ambas
    February 19, 2014

    For the past three years if I have pipe water at my home for a half day, I consider myself fortunate. The water system is under construction for 3 years now. The contractor placed conduit pipes for pvc and those pipes have been changed four times, yet we have no water.
    Our people so hypocrite because they receiving money in paper bag, from de nurse their mouth shut.
    Some get appointment as Principal and teachers and nurses and permanent secretary their mouth shut.
    New vehicle buying every 6 months, father and mother walking on air, hotel house build but we in ambas doh have water, toilet without water how will it flush.

  9. skerro
    February 19, 2014

    it is going on THREE years now the ambas-penville water project is ongoing. the pipes have been placed and removed over four times. What a mess

    Investigation required

  10. February 19, 2014

    When will the high levels of calibishie like Crete coco and Lima Ridge see an improvement to their water supply we hardly get water at night and during the day no water. What happen to the water from the irrigation project ? Why can’t that water be connected to our system?

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