Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Dominica Water and Sewerage Company (DOWASCO), Edward Registe has reported that water has been restored in a number of areas while some areas are still without following the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew on Wednesday.
He said that some of the company’s systems were heavily impacted by landslides and other slippages during the storm.
“We also have other areas where some of our supply lines were broken due to different activity and we also saw the power outages putting some of our pump stations out of commission for the time being,” Registe said on Thursday. “In some areas, we have restored water; in other areas we are continuing to work to restore water. Some areas are experiencing low water pressure and others no water at all.”
He stated that the eastern part of the island was particularly affected.
“We know that there is no water in Delices, there is no water in Boetica and these two communities depend on pumping stations for their supply, because there is no electricity we are unable to supply water to these two communities,” he explained.
However, he said, Tranto , Good Hope and Petite Soufriere still have water because they are served by storage tanks.
“They also depend on electrical pumps to get water,” he said.
He cautioned the people in the area to be conservative with the use of water, “because we are not sure how soon we will see the restoration of electricity and to enable us to pump water.”
Registe stated that the supply line to Loubiere and Pointe Michel was impacted by a fallen tree but crews are out there repairing it and water should be restored by late Thursday afternoon.
He explained that some areas in WA1, that is Castle Comfort to Mero still don’t have water, especially those in higher elevations because the system is not fully repaired.
“Some of the areas will have water, particularly the low-lying areas,” he noted. “Those at higher elevation would experience either no water or low water pressure. Giraudel and Eggleston we have to use an electrical pumping station to supply water to these communities again because of the power outage we are unable to do so at this point in time. We are awaiting the restoration of electricity to these areas.”