Public Relations Officer (PRO) of DOWASCO, Edward Registe has said the company is working “feverishly” to restore broken sewage lines that have been contaminating the Roseau River.
He pointed out that a broken line on the Bath Estate Bridge has been repaired while work is ongoing on a line at the Dominica/China Friendship Bridge.
Registe said DOWASCO joins with the Environmental Health Department in issuing a warning to members of the public that they should immediately cease using the Roseau River, from the Bath Estate Bridge to the sea, because that section of the river is contaminated by sewage and other pollutants from the broken lines.
“The situation with the Roseau River where the Environmental Health Department issued a warning against the use of the river for bathing, or washing, or fishing is related to the breakage of two sewerage lines and that resulted during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika,” he explained.
Until further notice, persons should not fish, bathe, swim, wash clothes and household utensil or collect water for the washing of vehicles on that section of the river.
Meantime; Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said also that DOWASCO is working in restoring water to several communities on island.
“Now I know there are still many areas without water, this operation is very dynamic and its success relies on variables order than desire and intent,” he stated. “However I have sought and received provisional resumption dates which, I stress, should serve as a mere guide to residents as to when normal service is projected to be restored.”
The places and dates are as follows:
Colihaut, Dublanc, Bioche and Coulibistrie- October 3rd.
Wesley, Woodfordhill, Marigot, October 5th
Pichlen and Grandbay- October 10th
Bagatelle and Fond St Jean- October 17th
Giraudel, Eggleston, Upper Kingshill and Reigate- October 24th