The Government of Dominica in recent times has embarked on a number of major water projects across the island amounting to over forty million E.C dollars.
Minister responsible for Water Resource Management Hon. Reginald Austrie told the ground breaking ceremony of the Bense Water Supply Project earlier this week that over the last two years a number of projects have been implemented and some are currently being installed.
“We spent 3.4 million dollars on the Warner Water Supply System last year. In Campbell we spent 1.7 million dollars, in Delices we spent 2.8 million, in Petite Savanne we spent 1.3 million. On the water Filtration System in Antrim we spent 3.4 million, in Marigot we spent 1.3 million, and [between] Canefield [and] St.Joseph we replaced the pipes at a cost of 5 million dollars. In Penville which is nearing the completion, we spent 2.7 million dollars.”
The Minister confirmed that over 25 million dollars will be spent on the West Coast Water Supply Project. That project according to the Minister will benefit communities between Salisbury and Capuchin.
Hon. Austrie added that Government recently completed a five hundred thousand gallon storage tank in Morne Bruce to ensure the adequacy of water in Roseau and environs. The Minster revealed that this major project was done at a cost of 4.5 million dollars.
He added that a total of 1.1 million was spent in Shawford and another 2.3 million dollars will be spent in Grand Fond.
Hon. Austrie says these projects are in keeping with Government’s efforts to provide potable water to communities and will ensure that Dominica moves further towards meeting the target of the Millennium Development Goals.