West coast water supply project expected to immensely improve water systems in Dominica

first_img Share Tweet Share LocalNews West coast water supply project expected to immensely improve water systems in Dominica by: – March 29, 2012 Sharecenter_img 16 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Bernard Ettinoffe. (file photo)General manager of the Dominica Water and Sewage Company Limited (DOWASCO) Bernard Ettinoffe has described the West Coast Water Supply Project (WCWSP) as one which underscores the importance and emphasis the government of Dominica and DOWASC has placed on the development of water systems throughout the island.While addressing a ceremony to commemorate the official signing of lot one of the three phase projects at Cabrits on Wednesday, Ettinoffe highlighted the purpose of the project.“The WCWSP seeks to improve the portable water supplies to the communities of the west coast stretching from Salisbury in the south to Capuchin in the north; and to consolidate nine individual small water systems into an integrated network with two reliable sources of water, with each source having the capacity to supply water to the entire system independently”.The project he explained will also make provisions for adequate water treatment and provide for additional storage tanks to ensure that during times of adverse weather conditions adequate water would be stored and distributed without necessarily affecting the residents served.Ettinoffe further noted that “the project is expected to vastly improve the quality of water supply to the areas of the west coast already being served with these inefficient systems while at the same time expand the coverage to areas not presently served and will bring the coverage of persons served with portable water one step closer to a 100 percent coverage which is the ultimate goal”.The overall cost of the project is approximately $25 million with lot 1 and 2 costing in the region of $21 million which is funded by the European Union, while the government of Dominica has indicated its commitment to funding lot 3.Ettinoffe said this project represents the single largest investment which DOWASCO has made in water since the implementation of the Roseau water and sanitation project ten years ago at a cost of $65 million.Ace Engineering has been awarded the contract to undertake the water treatment tanks as well as other facilities required to ensure full completion of the west coast water supply project.Lot one is the construction of two intakes and treatment facilities.According to Ettinoffe, lot two had to be undertaken before lot one “to facilitate the construction of the West Coast Highway which is now 50% complete”.National Authorizing Officer for the European Development Fund in Dominica Carleen Roberts who also addressed the signing ceremony reiterated that the “European Union is strongly committed to promoting concerted international action to address the critical role of water for human and economic development”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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