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Residents turn to standpipes for weekend water supply

Memories of an era long past came rushing back to residents of St Thomas today when they were forced to walk or drive to the village standpipes to fetch water.


Some residents were queuing up to collect water from the standpipe.

When a team from Barbados TODAY visited Hopewell, St Thomas today several residents of that northern parish who had travelled from as far as Highland, St Thomas were waiting patiently in line to get a supply of the precious commodity from the village standpipe.


St Thomas residents collecting water from the standpipe.

One resident of Highland, who asked not to be identified told Barbados TODAY he came to Hopewell because there was no water in his area.

Other residents who declined to comment or have their photographs taken continued to fill plastic containers of every size and shape from the lone standpipe.


Some parts of St Thomas have been without water since Wednesday.

Meanwhile over at Vault Road, St Thomas, residents were seen waiting patiently for the arrival of a water tender which was scheduled to visit the district while containers were neatly stacked at the entrances of their homes.


Several containers were placed outside some homes as residents waited for a water tender.

Thelma Walters complained that she has not had water since Wednesday and she has resorted to store water which can only be used for washing clothes.

Another resident, Noel Boyce, also complained that he has not had running water in his home for the past three days.

7 Responses to Residents turn to standpipes for weekend water supply

  1. Cindy Rickerby
    Cindy Rickerby April 2, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Bajans very patient. The BWA need to be far more proactive in dealing with water shortages. Shame on them.

  2. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor April 2, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Like a standpipe is a bad thing… If i had one close enough to me I would get free water everyday dont give a badword what d haters say….

  3. Tony Webster April 2, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Celebrating Fifty shades of Gold. Grey?
    I cannot imagine what thoughts must be running through the heads of these celebrating, suffering citizens.

  4. Olutoye Walrond April 3, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Back to the ole stand pipe. well, well, well……

  5. Maggie April 3, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I am a resident from st Joseph and we haven’t had water for three weeks and a vat comes when it feels like. The tank they place in the district are dry somet when u go them and u have to go hunting for a standpipe so u can get water. No one is saying anything about the situation. It is really hard. U gone back tyo the times now where u have to go to the standpipe to wash ur clothes. Where did things go wrong?

  6. Andrew Rudder April 4, 2016 at 11:10 am

    This article says quite a bit internationally! Is Barbados sustainable during Global Warming?

  7. Everton Henry April 4, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    We can socialise there and rebuild community spirit.Just bring back the public baths.


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