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Water consumers in Dominica's capital, Roseau, and its environs extending to St. Joseph in the North and Pointe Michel in the south will be the direct beneficiaries of a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to the Government of Dominica for a water supply project. The loan equivalent to USD6.105 million is intended to help provide a more efficient, reliable and sustainable water supply, and will also benefit residents of the country's medical, residential, commercial and industrial centres. The project will consist of water supply network upgrading, ancillary works, capacity building, engineering services, land acquisition and project management services. Under the network upgrading component, there will be an upgrade to the intake on the Check Hall River and creation of a new intake on this river, an upgrade of the network transmission and distribution system, installation of distribution storage tanks, an upgrade of the Antrim Treatment Plant, and implementation of a leakage detection and bulk metering programme. The ancillary works will consist of a new access road and footpath and Construction of a new caretaker's building, while the capacity-building component will include the implementation of a supervisory control and data acquisition system, relocation and upgrade of laboratory facilities, and technical assistance for conducting a water audit and a cost-of-service and tariff study. This project is a result of a technical assistance study funded by CDB in December 2009. The area to be served is the single most critical water system to the sustained development of Dominica, accounting for 48% of all water consumption on the island. The number of consumers in this area is estimated at 25,500. The Dominica Water and Sewerage Company (DOWASCO) will be the executing agency for the project.

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