Public Relations Officer of Dominica Water and Sewerage Company, (DOWASCO), Edward Registe, is appealing to Dominicans to stock up on drinking water as more unstable weather approaches the island.
Registe said the company’s systems, which were affected by the passage of Erika, are still vulnerable and water outages are possible.
“DOWASCO wishes to advise residents to make preparations to store water in the event that Tropical Depression Grace affects the island later this week, since most of the water systems which have been restored in the wake of Tropical Storm Erika remain vulnerable,” he said. “There is a possibility that there could be further water outages if Tropical Depression Grace affects Dominica.”
He said therefore preparations for the storage of water for domestic use should become a priority.
Meantime Registe stated that water treatment plants and tanks are being installed in various parts of the island including Coulibistrie , Giraudel and Eggleston.
He said work on the installation of a temporary water treatment plant, which can treat up to 25,350 gallons of water, at Coulibistrie began on Tuesday. The tank was provided by the Red Cross.
According to him, the plant will serve Coulibistrie and neighbouring communities until pipe-borne water is restored.
Registe further stated that the installation of a number of collapsible water tanks, which were donated by the Japanese government, also commenced on Tuesday.
“The first tanks will be installed in Giraudel and Eggleston,” he stated.
The tank at Giraudel will be installed on top the village council building, while the one in Eggleston will be installed near the Baghdad Junction.
He pointed out that the Japan Official Development Assistance has also made donations of collapsible tanks to Coulibistrie.
“These tanks have a storage capacity of 1,140 gallons each and will store treated water from the temporary treatment plant which have been installed in Coulibistrie,and these tanks have been located at strategic areas in order to ensure that residents in various communities can access water,” Registe stated.