Conserve water, Minister urges

first_img 6 Views   no discussions LocalNews Conserve water, Minister urges by: – March 21, 2013 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Water Resource Minister, Reginald AustrieMinister of Water Resource Management Reginald Austrie has made another call for citizens to conserve water ahead of World Water Day which will be celebrated on Friday, March 22nd.Mr Austrie, who described water as a “precious commodity” warned citizens against wasting the resource.“In Dominica we take water for granted, we have no respect for it; we waste it because we are still under the notion that we have three hundred and sixty-five rivers in Dominica,” he said.But, according to Mr. Austrie, the island’s water resource is diminishing and this is cause for immediate conservation practices.“We may have three hundred and sixty-five water lanes where water used to be, but the water finish it doh have no more water in those lanes except during the hurricane season when you have these temporary waterfalls all over the West Coast and all over the place,” he said.Mr. Austrie revealed that his government has made significant investment of $67 million into the island’s water resources, which should be appreciated by citizens.He listed the West Coast Water Project which the government has contributed $9 million to, the Canefield to St. Joseph pipe replacement project which is costing the government $5 million, the Antrim Filtration Plant and pipe replacement project $3.1 million, the Morne Bruce Storage Facility $4.1 million, the Penville Water supply $2.7 million, the Warner Water Supply $3.6 million, Delices Water $2.8 million, Campbell $1.5 million and the Bense Water project will cost the government $4.5 when completed.“I just want us to have an appreciation of the kind of investment that the government is making in the water resource,” Mr. Austrie said.Meanwhile, general manager of the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company Limited Bernard Ettinoffe noted that there is an increasing demand for water in Dominica and the world.“Some of this demand occasioned by increasing population, increased need for food production among others, while at the same time we are seeing a reduction of the volumes of water worldwide available for use,” he said.He also listed climate change as a factor which negatively impacts the quantity and quality of water.Thus, he said as a result, Dominica and other countries must take measures to bring about greater water security for the well being of the people. World Water Day is celebrated annually as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing dedicated to the theme of cooperation around water and is coordinated Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more