Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Dominica Water & Sewerage Company (DOWASCO), Edward Registe, has reported that water has been restored in a number of areas, while some areas are still without, after the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew, on Wednesday.
He said yesterday, some of the company’s systems were heavily impacted by landslides and other slippages during the storm. “We also have other areas where some of our supply lines were broken, and we also saw the power outages putting some of our pump stations out of commission for the time being. In some areas, we have restored water; in other areas we are continuing to work to restore water. Some areas are experiencing low water pressure, and others have no water at all.”
He added that the eastern part of the island was particularly affected. “We know that there is no water in Delices; there is no water in Boetica; and these two communities depend on pumping stations for their supply; but because there is no electricity, we are unable to supply water to these two communities”. However, he said Tranto, Good Hope and Petite Soufriere still have water, because they are served by storage tanks, and “they also depend on electrical pumps to get water”.
He cautioned the people in the area to be conservative with the use of water, “because we are not sure how soon we will see the restoration of electricity, to enable us to pump water.” Registe further explained that some areas in WA1; that is Castle Comfort to Mero still don’t have water, and especially those in higher elevations, because the system is not fully repaired.
“Some of the areas will have water, particularly the low-lying areas,” he noted. “Those at higher elevation would experience either no water or low water pressure. In Giraudel and Eggleston, we have to use an electrical pumping station to supply water to these communities, but because of the power outage we are unable to do so at this point in time. We are therefore awaiting the restoration of electricity to these areas.”
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