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Christmas water woes for St Joseph residents


A resident of Branchbury St Joseph taking advantage of the running water

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.


St Joseph resident Kim Headley hosing her backyard

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)

10 Responses to Christmas water woes for St Joseph residents

  1. jrsmith December 27, 2015 at 11:34 am

    This Kim Headley is very selfish, you suppose to be a Christian, hundreds of bajans ,have no water and you hosing your backyard and dog house. you are not going to church today are you. neighbour.


  2. Ezekiel Baker
    Ezekiel Baker December 27, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    How on earth a island surrounded by sea should have a water shortages?

    • Ezekiel Baker
      Ezekiel Baker December 27, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Adrian Shorey
      I take it you have not travel, therefore you have limited understanding of the world and industry.
      Dubai, Israel, Saudi just a few countries, how do you think there supplies water to there population and for forming etc ( do I need to explained it)
      Please it isn’t every countries has rivers and under ground streams or spring.

  3. Tony Webster December 27, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    99.9% “literate”; 0.01% afflicted by chronic doancarishnes. Latter, with full pension, wins!

    Looka, the same way sweetcakes “solved” de water problem by jacking-up rates by 60%…mebbe, just mebbe, we gine need to “solve” dese problems…again. You know, de cost of all dem new pipes, new de-sal plant, westcoast sewage plant etc, and etc, and etc.
    Jes’ wait till hook line and slinkler talk wid de “Loud’n’Proud” one, about raising some serious dollars to repay all these commitments and humongous loans for BWA. Yuh cud cut back pun alcohol, smokes, food, anything do…but yuh cyan drink dollar bills. Five will get you ten, yuh GOTTA nurse water…so rates gine move soon…north. If any “lef-over” from paying for all de promised watery things….Chris gine put dem to some uthuh useful, “consolidated” purpose.

    Place your bets please.

  4. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer December 27, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I understand that there is a water shortage in those parishes. and that it has nothing to do with burst mains etc. Then if this is true, those places that are out of water, especially St. Thomas have springs. What happen to the springs ? If you can drink spring water in the bottles, you can use it otherwise. Make use of the springs. You have to struggle for survival if you are not getting the help.It may be primitive but its better than going without a bath, washing or cooking. You would have no water bills to pay. Believe it or not !

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce December 28, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Normally when there is a water shortage, hosepipe ban is put in place. DEM turn the water OFF. Simple. And still expect the no water bill to be paid and buy bottle water. DEM looking after themselves, hotels and tourist. No one else on the island use water. Wunna need a NEW government wunna cannot continue to put up with the lucky dip, pass the parcel, raffle draw, heads or tails attitude with regards to who gine get salary and which parish will have water. Absolutely Ridiculous!

  6. BOBO The Clown December 28, 2015 at 11:28 am

    It does seem more like the infrastructure is causing the water shortages in parts of the Island ,and not the shortage of water per say. There are two many old rusty worn out mains that are constantly being broken because of the lack of foresight by the Water Works Department to replace them before they are completely rusted and worn beyond repair.
    Barbados is supposed to be one if not the most modern and developed West Indian Islands and yet we are plagued by the problems that one would expect in a place like Haiti or parts of Trinidad , or Guyana.
    If lived in one of these Parishes where the populace is constantly deprived of water, I would not forget it when the next general election comes up. If my elected representative could not or would not ensure his constituents have water ,by ensuring tankers bring in water regularly, then he or she would have to be replaced by someone who cared.
    That is why I’ve always said that “some Politicians are just like a diaper, and should be replaced often for the same reason ” They are full of it.

  7. sunshinecanada December 28, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Kim Headley, are u fa real?

  8. jrsmith December 28, 2015 at 12:20 pm


    @,Bo,BO, the clown, hail ,hail , good shot, that’s the major problem , the Barbados ,infrastructure, is falling apart , because ,government after government has failed to acquire the skills of the capable people ,to put it right and help run Barbados LTD. we are a nation , brainwashed into tourism, that’s our limit. that’s why Barbados is there for the taking ,but not by bajans.

  9. Chris Wright December 29, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    SMH!! The pictures accompanying this story tells the selfishness expressed by some who seem to have no idea of what it means to be without water.
    Top picture, a young man cares more about his car being clean than someone across the parish who is without water.
    Next picture Kim Headley cares more about her clean yard than the next person who does not have water. As ‘sunshinecanada’ asked her, is she for real?
    These in my opinion are some of the reasons the BWA think it can get away with having the problem linger for as long as it has been. If there was unity in the community, every ‘Josephine” would pool their resources, band together and take the concern to the BWA with demonstrations.
    Be that as it may there is a wise saying, “today for me tomorrow for you” and I hope when and if the time comes that these selfish one are without water they will see what the other segment experienced.


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