DOWASCO says lessons must be learnt from Wednesdays flooding

first_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews DOWASCO says lessons must be learnt from Wednesdays flooding by: – October 3, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Tweet 25 Views   no discussions General Manager of DOWASCO Mr. Bernard Ettinoffe. (file photo)General Manager of the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company (DOWASCO) Bernard Ettinoffe says there are lessons to be learnt from a major disruption in water services following the passage of tropical storm Ophelia.Several communities were without pipe borne water for days due to damaged pipelines and murky water as a result of serious flooding.“Even Dominica’s terrain is an issue. We know that it’s a difficult terrain and if we have to link pipes again, we will have to do it the same way because we don’t have much choice. We have learnt that we need to anchor the pipers more sturdily. One of the things we have leant is the need for additional storage and we are working on that,” he said.Meantime Ettinoffe said the heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding also took a toll on the staff.“We are always short staff during times like these. The staff that we have is already stretched taking care of the normal operations hence the reason why it takes a number of weeks to rectify a problem at times. We sometimes don’t even have enough vehicles to deal with that situation sometimes,” he added.He said however DOWASCO can boast of a dedicated hardworking team.“It is not the ordinary job. The men are braving the weather and braving the storm and I want to appreciate them for what they are doing,” he said.Here are a few photographs of areas affected by the Tropical Ophelia last week some of which were submitted by our viewers: [nggallery id = 73]Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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