The Dominica Water and Sewerage Company Ltd. (DOWASCO) in collaboration with Caribbean Sanitation with Nature (CARIBSAN) is preparing to undertake a project to organically treat wastewater in Dominica.
CARIBSAN is a wastewater management project which aims to promote Constructed Wetland (CW) technology to treat wastewater in tropical environments. The technology promotes plant-based wastewater treatment throughout the Caribbean.
Recently, DOWASCO welcomed a team of CARIBSAN partners from Martinique to Dominica to begin preparation works for the construction of at least one such project here in Dominica.
Public Relations Officer of DOWASCO, Kimani St. Jean says the impact of wastewater is an environmental emergency in the Caribbean.
St Jean emphasized constructed wet fields that have been utilized in the French Islands for some time by integrating local plants.
Public Relations Officer of DOWASCO, Kimani St. Jean
DOWASCO considers the use of planted filters to be a viable wastewater treatment technique for Dominica, as it can assist in achieving the objective of building new treatment plants and upgrading the existing ones.
Once the initial project is successful this technique will be scaled up and replicated in other areas of Dominica.