Government Minister Reginald Austrie, whose ministry is responsible for water resource management, has reported that local residents have water of the highest quality at their disposal, as World Water Day was observed on Monday.
He made the statement in an address to the nation on the occasion of World Water Day, under the theme: “Clean Water for a Healthy World”.
“We are satisfied that we are well within and often exceed the standards for drinking water, set by the World Health Organisation,” he disclosed.
But Dominicans must not become complacent, Austrie cautioned. He has appealed to citizens to take on practices that will ensure the high quality of water is maintained in Dominica.
“Our water quality on the island is primarily affected by human activities … Maintaining this high quality, therefore depends on the commitment of the government, communities and individuals alike. The government of Dominica has committed to ensuring, that both drinking water and fresh water resources are protected from pollution,” he said.
Austrie added that laws like the Water and Sewerage Act of 1989, and the Litter Act, are assisting in the proper management of water resources in Dominica.
World Water Day focuses on the sustainable management of fresh water resources.
– DNO Correspondent