Helping Rebuild Dominica After Hurricane Maria
THE WATER PROJECT
Water Security and Sanitation were problems on the island before Hurricane Maria. So, the Cardinal Felix Community Initiative had met and decided that the top priority should be to address problems with water security and sanitation.
Hurricane Maria’s destructive impact on the water system has made the water system a major goal for Dominica. A preliminary assessment of water sources in the area and site visits have generated a long-term engineering plan to rebuild and therefore solidify water purity.
Tests were also conducted on the stream adjacent to the uncapped source. The research team found too many fecal coliforms for our equipment to count. During any storm in which the adjacent stream water breaches the low concrete walls of the uncapped source, the drinking water going into the communities could become contaminated.
The proximity of a runoff stream to the source led to flood water breaching the uncapped source and contaminating the drinking water for several thousand people. Clearly, the rebuilding of a hurricane proof water system and filtration would greatly improve the water quality and make the water pure and safe to drink.
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