Security threat!

Mottley warns water situation getting out of control

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley yesterday questioned the wisdom of Government spending $63 million on a new headquarters building for the Barbados Water Authority (BWA).

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley was in Branch Road, St Joseph, when the water tanker arrived today and took the opportunity to have a word with the BWA official who accompanied it. (NC)
Opposition Leader Mia Mottley was in Branch Road, St Joseph, when the water tanker arrived today and took the opportunity to have a word with the BWA official who accompanied it. (NC)

She also charged that Government was paying $4 million in legal fees to an attorney-at-law for work done on the BWA headquarters, while estimating that a quarter of the population could not be guaranteed a bath if they were planning to attend next week’s official launch of the island’s 50th anniversary of independence celebrations in Independence Square, The City.

The St Michael North East MP contended that water was so critical to human existence that a lack of it could become a major security issue.

She was speaking to reporters at the end of a tour of water-starved northern and central communities, which have been experiencing outages in recent weeks and months.

Mottley was accompanied by Opposition MPS Dale Marshall, Cynthia Forde and Trevor Prescod, as well as BLP candidates Collin Jordan and Peter Phillips.

From Dunscombe Hill, St Thomas to as far north as Collins and Date Tree Hill, St Peter, the complaint was the same today – dry taps.

One frustrated resident complained that “water only comes on briefly at the end of the month when meters are to be read and bills are due”.

While at Collins, St Peter, the BLP candidate for the area, Colin Jordan, identified a footpath of well over 2 000 metres which he said the elderly of Date Tree Hiil had to traverse in order to fetch water from the community tank.

At Dunscombe Hill, St Thomas, Reuben Edwards, who lives alone, complained that the area had been having problems with water for the past four or five weeks and the situation was getting worse.

“There is no water today. . . . [in fact] I spent a horrible Christmas because there was no water on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,” he said.

Fortunately for him however, the water returned if only for a couple hours yesterday, but Edwards said he had not seen a tanker in Dunscombe since their water problems began.

“Residents of Canefield and on Dunscombe main road are also experiencing the same problem. My mother, who is 93 years and lives on the main road, had to do without water last night,” he complained.

Melvin Dyal, who lives at Canefield,St Thomas, told reporters that the situation was so bad that he had to travel to the abandoned fire station at Arch Hall, St Thomas to take a bath.

Voicing similar frustration to that expressed by Edwards, Dyal said: “There was a time when I used to seek shelter from the rain, but now I have to go in the rain to bathe.

“This situation has pushed the country to a bygone period. It is not good enough,” he said, revealing that last Tuesday he was forced to make his way to Folkstone Beach in St James to get a sea bath.

He too has been utilizing the Arch Hall Fire station for bathing, while the female members of his household have had to bathe in a pan.

“Do you know what it is to bathe in a pan? I thought those days were over, but it appears they have returned,” Dyal said.

Over at Chimborazo, St Joseph, popular entertainer Antonio “Boo” Husbands was livid over the fact that he had to live without potable water for extended periods.

He charged discrimination on the part of BWA staff, saying he had witnessed one driver visiting the nearby plantation house for over 20 minutes and then leaving the district without servicing the needs of the less fortunate members of the community.

Warning that a scarcity of water could lead to a disturbance, Husbands said: “Do you understand what could happen if a community tank contains five gallons of water and 30 residents come to fetch some? Those who were unable to access some could become angry and strike out at the more fortunate ones.”

And so incensed was the St Joseph representative Marshall, he told reporters he was not looking forward to the 50th anniversary celebrations because he felt that instead of moving forward, Barbadians have been taken 50 years into the past.

Kerri-Anne Turton of Branch Road, St Joseph, seems to be straining every muscle in her body in carry this bucket of water but could be saying what a relief to finally seeing a BWA water tanker even though it arrived in her district just after 1 p.m. yesterday
Kerri-Anne Turton of Branch Road, St Joseph, seems to be straining every muscle in her body in carry this bucket of water but could be saying what a relief to finally seeing a BWA water tanker even though it arrived in her district just after 1 p.m. yesterday

nevilleclarke@barbadostoday.bb

3 Responses to Security threat!

  1. Venice Daisley
    Venice Daisley January 1, 2016 at 3:56 am

    SMH

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  2. jrsmith January 1, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    BLAME OUR POLITICIANS, THEY ARE ALL FAILURES… We need to put Barbados right, there is no one to complain to , no one trying to put things Barbados right. BWA, gets away with whatever they do, because no body really cares. the them and us situation ,has completely screwed up our Barbados.

    This water problem , should have been put right ,year after year, 2 decades ago, as like the failing infrucsture, we have a lot more to come, a lost sugarcane industry, failing water system, pending power problems,bad roads, lawless people , 15 years ,a sewage system which never worked, the selling off of our Barbados to trinis and others, and all we have , (Guns, Drugs, and 2 penny criminals). That’s from our politicians. All services in Barbados is failing.

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  3. dave January 3, 2016 at 1:27 am

    The rest of Barbados needs to rally around these people. Show some support next Saturday by just turning up in large numbers to give these people encouragement and support. Be our Brother’s Keeper. Lets just all pay them a visit on Saturday next–beginning @ 10 am to 6 PM

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