Date sent: 9 November 2017
Provided by: Shawn Meyer-Steele, CaribDA Board Member and Humanitarian Committee Chair
Princess Margaret Hospital and the Londonderry Community – Dominica:
The combined effect of Irma and Maria has resulted in loss or damage to 70-80% of the buildings on Dominica and severely damaged power and water supplies. Princess Margeret hospital was damaged and reduced from 250 – 100 beds and was left without water. While some water (still contaminated) has been returned to Roseau, many of the remote communities are months to possibly years from having potable water restored.CaribDA and CWT (Mario Bento) have been coordinating with DAWASCO (Bernand Ettinoffe), PAHO (Adriannes Glugman), CWWA (Patricia Aquing, Alphonsus Daniel), CAWASA (Ignatius Jean) to identify and implement solutions for the most immediate needs which were identified as the Princess Margeret Hospital and a remote community of Londonderry / Coulibistrie on the west coast north of Roseau (1000 inhabitants). In keeping with the suggestions of the team on the ground in Dominica to deploy one at the to treat up to 2,500 gallon per day at the hospital for the Dialysis unit and drinking water and the second to the remote community in Coulibistrie to treat stream water to make potable.
Princess Margeret Hospital – Dialysis Unit:
- Evoqua and CME – Trinidad (Mr. David Harris) have donated and shipped to Antigua two (2) Memcor 2,500gpm UF units.
- The two Evoqua 2,500 GPD UF units have arrived in Antigua and cleared customs by Mario Bento (CWT).
- Mario has been in communications with Ken Fontaine (engineer at hospital responsible for water services) at the hospital and it is believed that apart from some valves and piping, all peripheral units (tanks and pumps) are in place.
- David Harris is tentatively flying to Antigua to meet with Mario early this week to ensure everything is in order, then David and someone from CWT will fly to Dominica for installation of the units and training in operation of the hospital staff.
Londonderry / Coulibistrie on the West Coast North of Roseau – Dominica:
- Due to sourcing water from a nearby stream the Londonderry effort requires a bit more unit operations (intake pump for the river, intake screens, storage and transfer tanks, etc.).
- Mario Bento has been working with David Harris and Ivanira James from DOWASCO on planning and logistics.
- Ivanira has located 600, 800 and 2,500 gallon tanks that can be made available.
- JKA Pumps (Tim Syx) has agreed to donate the transfer pumps needed for the project and to discount the intake pump 35%.
- Florida Aquastore (Matt Welchel/Nick Hartofilis) has agreed to cover the other 65% of the intake pump.
ACTIONS NEEDED URGENTLY – WE HAVE everything else in place. We just need these last few elements to complete our portion of this effort.
- Donation or sponsor of a 10 KW (50 Hz) generator to power the intake pump (100 GPM at 120 FT head) and UF controls.
- Donation or sponsor of shipping the pumps and generators from Miami to Antigua/Dominica
Response to DOWASCO request for Items to Aid in the Repair of DOWASCO Infrastructure:
- CASL (Brian Ramatally) has agreed to donate of a small generator, hand saws, fuel containers, nails, hammers, and baby food to Dowasco.
- Robert Lamarche, territory manager for EPG (manufacturer of sewer cleaning truck, sweepers, and sewer cameras) connected to CaribDA through CaribDA director Lauren Thomas was connected directly with DOWASCO.
Other needs on Dominica (DOWASCO):
DOWASCO has sent out the call for assistance through PAHO, CWWA, CAWASA, CaribDA and its members for the following.
Iva James, Operations Manager at DOWASCO, identified the following labour needs to help restore a functional water system:
- Laboratory technicians: 4
- Sanitation/sewer technicians: 2
- Electrical technicians: 2
- Pipefitters: 3
- Assistant pipefitters: 3
DOWASCO stressed that considering the vast devastation in Dominica, they cannot organize board and lodging, but the national EOC and CDEMA are looking into such accommodations. Any volunteers would have to bring their own tools as the workshop of DOWASCO has been looted. They are suggesting volunteers consider a weekly rotation for an overall span of 4-6 weeks. At this point final plans are being made for accommodations and logistics so at this point while things are being arranged the call is mainly being made to identify candidates for volunteering.
Restoration of the Sewerage System:
- Five (5) 9 KVA generators to restore electricity to several pumps stations
- PPE: Latex gloves M/L (15 box of 100)
- PPE: Rubber gloves M/L (10 box of 10)
- PPE: Disposable pullover suits (25 box of 25)
- Chain saws (6)
- PVC sewer pipes: 4″, 6″, 8″, 10″, 12″ (50 length each)
- Flexible couplings for: 4″, 6″, 8″, 10″, 12″ (50 each)
- Cast iron manhole covers 36″ diameter (100)
- Washing machine industrial quality (washing sanitations workers work cloth)
- Walkie talkies (10 pcs)
- Sewer vacuum truck for pumping up from 12ft depth (Compaq preferred) plus hoses, couplings
- Sewer flusher/cleaner up to 12″
Barbuda SWRO Plant:
ACTIONS TAKEN: (completed CaribDA portion)
- CWT (Mario Bento) have been communicating with Antigua Public Utility Authority (APUA) in assessing the damage and need to get the unit functional again.
- Danfoss (Gary Ford) has offered to try and assist with getting the high-pressure pump functional again.
- APUA and CWT (Mario Bento) have agreed to ensure the units are shipped from Antigua to Barbuda and will work to get the unit functional again.
- The 24 SWRO elements Toray (Lynne Gulizia) donated to repair the APUA Barbuda SWRO desalination plant have arrived on Antigua.
- Jerry Matteo (WaterTechGroup) paid for the membranes to be shipped from Miami to Antigua.
- APUA has the motor/pump/controls in Antigua undergoing repair (the plant was under six (6) feet of water.
Other Actions Underway:
Florida Aquastore (Matt Welchell and Nick Hartofills) have been coordinating with CaribDA, CWWA, and CAWASA, as well as, the governments of Anguilla, Tortola and St. Maarten to repair the municipal water storage tanks that were damaged during the three consecutive storms.
Actions Under Consideration:
As is widely reported on the news many Puerto Rico residents are still isolated and many do not have reliable access to safe drinking water, particularly in the small mountainous villages.
The CaribDA HC is considering details, once firmed up will present to the HC for consideration and thoughts if we have the resources and manpower to assist on Puerto Rico.
- EABM (Edward Bray) has offered to donate a A dual membrane Acqua UF (8640 GPD) unit for Puerto Rico next week.
- Jerry Matteo (CaribDA director and Ponce, Puerto Rico resident) is evaluating potential locations, potential local partners in Puerto Rico.
- I have been contacted by Pan American Developmnet Foundation (our partner in the Haiti cholera relief effort last year) to see if we would consider partnering on a water relief effort.
- We have discussed the logistics, required peripherals, and the ongoing support that would be required.
- We will discuss early next week to see if it’s feasible to try and proceed.