DOWASCO preparing for water export business

Ettinoffe. Photo credit: dominica.gov.dm

Dominica’s sole water company is expected to take on marketing strategies towards the creation of a local industry for water exportation.

According to Bernard Etinoffe, general manager of the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company (DOWASCO), there is already foreign interest in the project.

“We are seeking to develop that export industry; we have a plan for it,” he said.

Etinoffe said officials are considering partnering with interested parties to help finance the venture.

He said sustaining Dominica’s water resource is also a matter of consideration when planning the water exportation business.

– DNO Correspondent

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12 Comments

  1. Gypsy
    December 10, 2011

    Try keeping the water clean and make sure every last Dominican has access to it. Then you can think about selling it. As a matter of fact why do you have to pay so much for a bottle of water in Rosseau from a foriegn country when you have more water than you know what to do with?

  2. fanso - nigerian
    March 25, 2010

    Hope we dont short change dominicans in the process.A great idea if negotiated properly.

  3. magwasa
    March 25, 2010

    YOU ALL MAY BE A BIT TOO LATE WITH A WATER EXPORT BUSINESS. ALL WE DO IN DOMINICA IS TALK AND ‘DELEE DALLEE” . NATIONS ARE NOW SEEING HOW THEY CAN IMPROVE DISALLINATION PLANTS TO MAKE THEM MORE EFFICIENT SINCE THIS IS THE CHEAPEST WAY TO GO. STAY THERE AND TALK AND TALK WHILE THE WORLD IS LEAVING US BEHIND!

  4. only
    March 24, 2010

    What is it with all this “water exportation” business?
    There are what, 4 water bottling outfits on the island and then there is Sisserou who has a contract for a billion gallons a year for 10 yrs. on a renewable contract.

    Does someone really think that it is cheaper to transport water via a ship which eats fuel and requires personnel, than to operate a desalination plant on any desert islands?

    Forget about water exportation and concentrate on developing reservoirs and a good water delivery system here. Develop the resources here and keep them here, especially water.
    What a statement to come after the first 2 and a half months this year were drought months and that could even be extending.
    And to top it off, you want people to conserve their water usage meanwhile talking about exporting water..
    Something is fishy here.
    Stop the nonsense.

    • BB
      March 25, 2010

      You people are so silly. If there was talk of the Island Importing a product I wonder what the reaction would be. EXPORTS are a GREAT thing for our nation….silly silly people.

  5. Mac-Arthur Haughton
    March 24, 2010

    I hope they use the profits to help cover the cost of bringing fresh water to all villages in Dominica.

    Would it be a good idea to construct a small dam at the mouth of Layou River?

  6. March 24, 2010

    Fix our water system down here first ,then talk about exporting water else where.

    • Him
      March 26, 2010

      Well said.

  7. water is the only thing in abundance God blessed us with, if properly managed, we should be able to make money out of it to support ourselves, just as the middle east use oil

  8. de caribbean change
    March 24, 2010

    Is Athie Martin’s brainchild and venture something totally independent of what DOWASCO is visioning?

  9. lord have mercy
    March 24, 2010

    but wat i hearing dere with those peaple nah bodia….our river dry…peaple can not get water out of pipe….allu saying doe water plant doe bath and doe wash car…where allu want to export peaple little water too bodia….but wat happen to does peaple

    • dominican
      March 24, 2010

      don’t be so short sighted..they’re not talking about right now, these are future plans. They only have to make sure that our water supply remains reliable by implementing sustainable practices.

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