Minister for Lands, Housing, Settlements and Water Resource Management Reginald Austrie has advised Dominicans to be cautious in the way water is used.
Austrie, who was addressing the official commissioning of the $1.8 million Campbell Water Supply Project on Wednesday, said that while many Dominicans believe that water is inexhaustible, statistics show that millions die from lack of water and proper sanitation globally.
“We need to be cautious about how we use the water., and so many times in Dominica we believe that we have a resource that is inexhaustible and we have a tendency to waste it,” he stated.
“Just this morning I was looking at a document, a United Nations Draft Resolution in the December which intended to proclaim 2003 as the International Year of Fresh Water. It is interesting to note that approximately 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water and over 2.5 billion do not have access to basic Sanitation. The resolution further stated that a approximately 108 million children under five years old, they die and some 443 million school children are lost because of water and sanitation diseases,” Austrie said.
Austrie stated that while the country can consider itself to be very fortunate, there must be respect for water since it heavily impacts not only Dominica but the international community.
“So we must not just take it for granted …We need to respect water and make the best use of it,” he advised.