Gov’t injects $2.6M into DOWASCO; company promises less interruptions

FROM LEFT: DOWASCO General Manager Bernard Ettinoffe, Nathaniel Isaac and Emile Lancelot at head table during a press conference.

The Dominica Water and Sewerage Company Limited (DOWASO) has said that a $2.6 million cash injection from the government is expected to minimize interruptions in the water supply to Roseau and environs.

DOWASCO General Manager Bernard Ettinoffe told a press conference this morning, that the recent interruptions have been due to intensified road works in which several pipelines have been damaged.

Ettinoffe said that $300,000 of these funds will go towards pipeline replacement and relocation.

“Government has approved $300,000 for the relocation of the pipelines from the area that is most affected. That relocation in a sense is basically using a more flexible line… and shifting that on the upper side of the road which in itself is not full proof but something that we hope will serve to minimize the frequency of interruptions on the system,” he said.

“We intend to use two eight-inch lines to replace the 12-inch lines that we have in the particular area so that if one of these lines break the other could still supply water to the city…” Ettinoffe said.

Stating that DOWASCO understands the need to have water in the city, Ettinoffe assured that the new pipes had already been ordered and are due on island next week. “By the end of this month we would see replacement of that section of pipeline,” he said.

The general manager also said that the remaining $2.3 million will be used to install a new filtration system to address a turbidity (water transparency levels) problem which the company has faced for some time, and a storage facility in Morne Bruce.

“As regards to the turbidity levels, again… the government  has approved for us $2.3 million to install a filtration system on that water system so that even when there is turbidity in the water there will be no need to interrupt the supply to our customers because we have that major filtration plant,” he said.

“We are also advanced in the negotiations and planning for the installation of additional storage at the Morne Bruce area to serve the city of Roseau, Kingshill and environs so that even when there are interruptions we will still be able to supply water for some time to the areas affected by the turbidity levels,” he said.

Ettinoffe said that this will also allow for fewer interruptions in the water supply “even when the lines break, if they do continue to break as a result of road slippage because of the increased storage persons would see less frequent interruptions in their water.”

He said that the shortages have been both a financial burden and human resource one.

He explained, “What we have noticed in recent times is a significant amount of land slippage in the area around the road where the pipe passes causing frequent breakage to the pipes. In some weeks we have as many as three breakages which require significant resources, both financially and human resources to replace and restore that pipeline and to have water flowing into the system again.”

He also stated:  “For us it is not a good feeling… every time we cannot supply water persons consume less we gonna get less revenue, which we badly are in need of at this time. We do not in any way want to affect the economy of this country, and the cruise industry  is very  important and they do rely on us for water and so when we cannot supply that water, it’s  not a very good feeling for us and it doesn’t make any economic sense for us either.”

Dowasco is working with the Office of Disaster Management and the Public Works ministry in their efforts.

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5 Comments

  1. mikiis
    November 9, 2010

    people cannot please Do mi ni cans

  2. Anonymous
    October 8, 2010

    etinoff, just want to put his monument morne bruce for all the world to see. how come when u ready to ask govelma for money is den allu, takin de water. all de time u not negotiatin it have water. for de amount of river it have people paying all that money for water. allu to volee. dowasco making more money than marpin. and allu have less expense. somebody voleeing somewhere?

  3. only
    October 8, 2010

    That will be the day.
    It appears that your water plant or system isn’t designed properly, otherwise there would be a flood gate opened for excess water to bypass when it rains heavily so that continuity in water service continues.
    Get it fixed properly now. There is no reason with all the water that there is in DA for the water system to be shut down, especially when it is raining.

  4. upset
    October 7, 2010

    whoa that will be so nice …i hope these are not empty promises …. please place start this project …there was no water for the enter day and I have stuff to be doe these problems need to be solved

  5. VALDA BRUNO DURAND
    October 7, 2010

    DO WHAT YOU ALL KNOW NEED TO BE DONE MOVE THE INTAKE HIGHER UP RED GULLY WILL ALWAYS BE THERE SO THEREFORE AS LONG AS THERE IS HEAVY RAINFALL THE PROBLEM WILL STILL EXIST TELL THE PEOPLE LIKE IT IS. SPEND THE MONEY AND DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM NOW OR SPEND MORE MONEY LATER, STOP PLASTERING THE BOBO AND STICTH THE THING UP.

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