Portable water filtration plant to be placed at Grand Bay

Kathleen Pinard Byrne
Kathleen Pinard Byrne says the Red Cross will put a mobile water filtration plant will put in Grand Bay.

The Dominica Red Cross has acquired a mobile water filtration plant which is expected to be operational over the next few days.

The plant will be used to provide potable water to persons who have been hard hit by Tropical Storm Erika which struck on August 27. A number of communities have been without potable water since the storm.

Head of Dominica Red Cross Society Kathleen Pinard-Byrne said the plant has already arrived in Dominica and has the capacity to provide potable water for 4, 500 persons. After consultations with DOWASCO, it was decided that the plant will be placed in Grand Bay.

She said the arrival of containers of relief supplies to Dominica was expected to start on Tuesday.

Pinard-Byrne noted that the Society had to assess the damage to determine the external assistance necessary for Dominica. The society then sought assistance from the French Red Cross of PIRAC and the Pan American Disaster Response Unit. According to her, four delegates are now in Dominica assisting the Dominica Red Cross Society with the preparation of a work plan and a draft disaster emergency fund appeal.

Further, Pinard-Byrne said a number of communities were visited for damage needs assessments. She said boats were necessary in order to access certain communities that could not be reached by land. The boats were made available by Digicel.

Additionally, she revealed that the Red Cross was able to disburse 200 parcels of food in addition to water, hygiene kits and clothing.

Further, the Red Cross has been in communication with USAID to discuss funding in relation to evacuated residents who may not want to return to Petite Savanne.


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  1. cola
    September 5, 2015

    We got the message, Portable or potable, lets move on. Thanks you Jesus for providing for the people of Dominica

  2. robin
    September 4, 2015

    DNO is correct. A PORTABLE plant to make water potable. In the body of the text they use the word “potable” correctly.

  3. The Real Facts
    September 3, 2015

    This tropical storm created havoc in Dominica.
    Thank God for all the help which is received and more to come.

    Holy Scripture: Every good and perfect gift comes from above, the Father of Lights.

    Amidst disappointments and difficulties, God always sends help. Note the amount of help Dominica is receiving and there will be more.
    This is another reason why God is compassionate, merciful and forgiving. Everyone in the world or most people perform some good deeds which are acts of love even though they may not realize it. This does not bypass God’s scrutiny, His Holy Spirit, who knows sees and hears all things, whom nothing is hidden from.
    This is also why in Holy Scriptures it is stated: “Tell the rich in this present age to do good so as to amass “spiritual wealth.” Those who comprehend this should know and reflect, “There goes the love of God, His compassion, mercy and forgiveness” for those who gave selflessly and generously, even as non-practicing Christians.

    • The Real Facts
      September 3, 2015

      This is another reason when people die in whatever state, for whatever reason we are not supposed to judge them. We leave it up to the mercy and forgiveness of God. I hope everyone comprehends that. This should be an eye=opener for those who are liable to judge those who especially die suddenly.
      Our Lord commanded us to also love one another. This is a command, a mandate from him which we are obligated to practice and fulfill. All Christians know that. Therefore, whatever era, year, month or day, it is imperative that we put it into practice and not only when a disaster occurs but all year round.
      This wake-up call is another reminder from God to consistently love one another and care for one another – without fail.
      Our Lord said: “Whatsoever you do to the least of these, you do to Me.”
      Our genuine happiness and peace of mind depend on that, as we do and give to others.
      As I write I get ideas. :) Would love to state more. :lol:

  4. Always Grateful
    September 3, 2015

    @##, go pick up a shovel if you are looking for something to do. It appears you have way too much time on your hands when there is so much work to be done.

  5. GMVL
    September 3, 2015

    Fantastic idea and a welcome gift that will not only supply drinking water for those communities affected but also reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

  6. ##
    September 3, 2015

    Shouldn’t the word be potable instead of portable?

    ADMIN: The headline is correct the plant is portable.

    • Confused Reader
      September 3, 2015

      The PORTABLE plant which creates POTABLE water. :)

    • The Real Facts
      September 3, 2015

      If you look up the meaning of “portable” and “potable” you will know that they are two different words with two different meanings

      Portable means: designed to be light or compact enough to carry or move easily from place to place. A device or an appliance which is easily transported.

      Potable:: suitable for drinking; because clean and uncontaminated.
      Something to drink: a liquid that is suitable for drinking.

      Let us say, if and when the situation gets back to normal, it could be removed. This is portable.

    • Dominican
      September 4, 2015

      What da heck is POTABLE? That aint even English :mrgreen:

    • Koubeh
      September 4, 2015

      It is a “portable” treatment plan being that it is easily moveable or mobile and its purpose is to provide “potable” or safe drinking water

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