Christmas water woes for St Joseph residents
Water woes continue for the residents of Branchbury St Joseph, as they spent their Christmas day without the precious commodity.
Barbados TODAY caught up with the residents of the community who revealed that they spent much of their Christmas wishing for water, or to receive a water tanker in the early afternoon.
Despite being faced with these dire circumstances, residents still made attempts to enjoy their Christmas.
Marcia Layne of the Branchbury community said “we tried to make it a good Christmas but without the water it wasn’t that good.”
“The [water tanker] didn’t come out til late on Christmas Day, about 1:30 or 2:00 p.m., and you had to walk all over the place for water,” said the resident of 40 years.
Layne revealed that the tank which was filled on Christmas day was quickly emptied by persons in the community.
“It was filled yesterday and it empty already because the people don’t have no water and they have to get water. So right now it doesn’t have any, so we just here waiting to see when it will come [back].”
Julian Burrowes explained that the three water tanks in the district which were empty upon the arrival of Barbados TODAY, were quickly cleared by those [residents in] Branchbury and the surrounding areas.
“This is a big community and not only Branchbury, but people come from Chimborazo…Horse Hill, they come from every part… . everybody does come down. . . and now that tap got in water everybody going to fill up and go long” said the 72-year-old.
Burrowes revealed that on Christmas Day the water was on for approximately two to three hours, but for the majority of the day the residents were left at the mercy of the water tanks.
When Barbados TODAY arrived on scene, the residents of Branchbury had received running water.
A grateful Ina Mayers said she was “trying to scrub up all my clothes and get them wash before the water goes off”.
Meanwhile, Kim Headley could be seen hosing her backyard and her dog house.
Though the water temporarily returned on Boxing Day [yesterday] the residents are still uncertain of what the future holds.(KK)