Improvement works on water systems in Dominica expected to begin by mid-year says public works minister

Work should begin by the end of the first half of 2022 to greatly enhance the water systems across Dominica, according , to Minister for Public Works and the Digital Economy, Senator Cassanni Laville.

Speaking on the occasion of World Water Day which was observed on Tuesday under the theme: “Groundwater, making the invisible visible”, Laville announced that plans are in place for the project which will cost a total of approximately EC$90 Million.

“Government’s main focus now is building resilience in Dominica’s water sector,” he said. “In this regard, we will see the implementation of the water sector strategic development plan utilizing funds provided to the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica by the government of the United Kingdom (UK) through the foreign commonwealth development office.”

Laville said of significance are the systems of Calibishie, the eastern districts including Castle Bruce, Grand Fond, Riviere Cyrique and Morne Jaune, Roseau Valley and the west coast.

“All design works are now completed…,” Laville stated.

The senator called on the public to continue to be conscious about the conservation of such a precious resource as Dominica builds resilience, “to ensure that generations after us can continue to enjoy pristine water readily accessible throughout a robust network.”

Meantime, Laville said the Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the critical importance of sanitation, hygiene and adequate access to clean water for preventing and containing diseases.

“Hand washing is promoted as one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus,” he stated.

Laville continued, “It is for this reason the Government of Dominica took the initiative to erect several hand washing stations around the City of Roseau to ensure that citizens have access to water for washing of hands.”

World Water Day which has been observed on the 22nd of March every year since 1993, celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2 billion people living without access to safe water.

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  1. Roger Burnett
    March 24, 2022

    Dominica’s water supply will never be resilient until move on to catchment reservoirs – for which the island’s topography ideally lends itself – rather than collecting water directly from rivers.

    Most of the west coast, together with the city of Roseau, relies on the River Antrim for its water supply: a river that is vulnerable to discolouration and severe flooding in anything more than a day of heavy rainfall.

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    • Ibo France
      March 25, 2022

      Your point, Roger, is a very pertinent one. Frequently long, heavy and torrential downpours could contaminate e rivers rendering the water piped to homes unfit for consumption.

      By the way, there s never a day that goes y without DAWASCO having problems. It is the most inept managed public entity.

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    • March 25, 2022

      More politics from Roger Burnett. I can see that you are always opposed to progress being made by the Skerrit Government. What goes around comes around, brother. You will never appreciate the progress that is being made in our country. You always have something negative to say. You are no solution or panacea to our problems, if any, in this country. You are nothing but a pessimist.

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