DOWASCO restores water to 61 percent of customers

People queue for water in Roseau days after Hurricane Maria

General Manager of DOWASCO, Bernard Etinoff, has revealed that the company has restored water to 61 percent of its customers in the wake of the ravages caused by Hurricane Maria.

This means that 14,000 of DOWASCO’s 23,000 customers are now receiving pipe-borne water, he said at the government’s daily press briefing on Monday.

“DOWASACO continues to make tremendous strides in terms of water restoration throughout the island of Dominica,” he stated. “The very last couple weeks we’ve seen a few more areas receiving water such as St. Joseph, Mero and Layou have received water.”

Additionally, he said water has been restored in La Plaine and the Kalinago Territory is now receiving pipe-borne water.

“There have been a number of new areas that have been covered in the last couple weeks we are at the point now where we are at just over 61 percent in terms of coverage island wide which means that about 14,000 of our 23,000 customers are receiving pipe-borne water from DOWASCO,” Etinoff noted.

He pointed out that the company operates 42 water areas and just under 50 percent of those have water restored “but in terms of the population served we are serving well over 14,000 of our 23,000 customers.”

Etinoff said the company continues to truck water to areas where there are challenges in restoring pipe-borne water.

Among them are Giraudel, Eggleston, Morne Rachette, Coulibistrie, Colihaut, Scotts Head and Gallion.

“We continue to truck water to those communities,” he said. “The areas of Scotts Head, Soufriere and Gallion, we continue to truck water daily to these communities as well. We intend to intensify these activities until water can be restored. When I say intensify, we intend to place storage tanks at strategic locations within these communities where there is no water and continue to use trucks to keeps those tanks filled so that persons can go to those tanks and collect water.”

He stated that DOWASCO also operates some small water purification systems in collaboration with international partners, which “is one of the ways that we continue to supply and provide water to residents of Dominica.”

“Through the help of our international partners also we have received a number of small jerry cans, just about two gallons each, and we intend to distribute and we have in fact started to distribute these jerry cans to many of these communities so that persons can have containers now that they can go to these sites and collect water,” he said.


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  1. lapwet
    November 7, 2017

    they said they restored water to pointe michel half of upper pointe michel has no water while the lower half Always has water….

  2. twoface
    November 7, 2017

    so what about petite soufriere it just wasnt mentionend at all i hope an pray dowasco manager see this message or a staff member an inform them of how bad an crucial things are challenges an still not even mentioning the place an informing the ppl wen they gonna start to work in this area

  3. Let The Truth Be Known - Original
    November 6, 2017

    DOWASCO, under the circumstances, you are doing well to restore water, a necessity, to Dominicans. You are to be commended for your effort.
    God bless everyone who is trying to restore Dominica to normalcy. I recognize it is not an easy feat.
    I remember my mother’s words, “God is good!” Everything will work out in time and with patience.
    God bless fellow Dominican residents who have experienced Hurricane Maria and are going through the inconvenience of the aftermath. You can say, what a life! It is testing time also in godliness. Your patience is being tried. Hold on! In time, all will be well.

  4. November 6, 2017

    Yes Pamela I agree with you this guy BAD -WILL think his S### don’t stink the way he did that Trinidad barge owner was shameful this man from day one he went out of his way to help Dominica with his own money, and donation from his country man , and this stupe so call custom supervisor made Dominican look bad, he did not show up it took him 15 days, and then he showed up only to dogged them out stretching his so call muscle , calling police on the people who came to our rescue this video went viral in the states , and all over the world BAD-WILL has to go he made all the bardouliies look bad… that is why they call us over seas DOM—IN the–CAN.

  5. Boots on the ground
    November 6, 2017

    While Skerrit using Dowasco, Domlec, Independence speech and others to give people the impression that life is slowly getting back to normal in Da, international and regional news agencies are putting out daily realities as to why Skerrit’ was right when he said rebuilding Dominica is going to be had. Here is the Jamaica observer with a bad ball hit for six.

    • Boots on the ground
      November 6, 2017

      Bye the way why is Skerrit saying nothing about all these dirty laundry that smelling in our face? Why for goodness sake the man not addressing is at all and his attorney fried Tony keeping his mouth short? Where is Tony by the way? He still in Antigua? I passed by his Weston house in FL and saw it locked I. I wonder y he spending so much time in Antigua man. Reminds me of the old Christian song: you keep running running…a fugitive from God.

  6. The Crab boy
    November 6, 2017

    If Skerrit were being paid for speeches he would no doubt be a billionaire because the man can talk and say what excites people. But action? well I would generously give him an F because his words and actions are very far apart. He reminds me of a local preacher that would sound like thunder when preaching but his adulterous like so contradicted his preaching. But again despite his ungodly life people still followed him to his private church where he cant be disciplined for his ungodly life. I wonder if Skerrit knows that preacher but they are two of a kind for sure. Words without action

  7. Pamala
    November 6, 2017

    And b ad will have people container on the port like it belong to him and walking on the port like a homeless with a bag on shoulder and phone in his ears my heart goes out for the poor people with there food on the port wicked man

    • The Crab boy
      November 6, 2017

      @ Pamamla I agree with you that the guy has a very Bad will but it is not fear to blame him for doing what he is instructed to do without blaming those that instructed him. If Blackmore and Skerrit had a problem with that they would either move him or publicly address their concern. But as their boy who is their to do their job, as we have seen previously, for example, the crab boy, just serves as proof that he is under instruction to do their work.

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