BWA responds to water rumour

A vicious rumour!
That’s how the Barbados Water Authority has responded to a message making rounds on social media charging that the island’s water supply is unsafe.

The message claims there is lead in the water and this is partly responsible for the recent sudden deaths of a number of citizens.

Corporate Communications Specialist of the Barbados Water Authority Joy Ann Haigh told Barbados TODAY this morning  the reports were nothing more than a rumour and the Authority would be issuing a full statement shortly.

BWA Communications Specialist Joy-Ann Haigh
BWA Communications Specialist Joy-Ann Haigh

“The Barbados Water Authority is currently addressing a very malicious rumour that circulated on social media,  I think Facebook from yesterday, and we, together with the Environmental Protection Department, the Ministry of Health, the meter manufacturers, will be seeking to put this matter to bed.

“It is a vicious rumour, it is not true, and we will be coming to the public shortly and bringing our scientific proof so the public will know the water metres are safe and our water quality is extremely safe and that we meet and continue to meet the standard of the World Health Organization,” Haigh said.

13 Responses to BWA responds to water rumour

  1. Iteebah Cadogan
    Iteebah Cadogan June 30, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Now we wuddnt expect them to confirm dese rumors now wud we that doesn’t mean there’s no truth to it

  2. Mhizz Pureniceness
    Mhizz Pureniceness June 30, 2016 at 4:27 pm


  3. harry turnover June 30, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    The water might be unsafe ..BUT which water ?? flavored water is drank more than soft drinks these days by all and sundry

  4. Tony Waterman June 30, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    It might be Just a rumour, and we all know how fast untruths spread as against the truth, but the Response from The BWA Communications Specialist Joy-Ann Haigh, has me wondering, if there is not really something amiss, The Rumour states that there is Lead in the Water which makes it unsafe, and is probably the reason for the recent untimely deaths, now this is what the BWA Communications Specialist Joy-Ann Haigh has stated.

    “”We will be coming to the public shortly and bringing our scientific proof so the public will know the water metres are safe and our water quality is extremely safe””

    I might have missed what was written online, but i don’t remember there being any mention of Unsafe Water Meters, just Unsafe Water, so!!! if there is any truth to the Rumours, is there Something WRONG with the Meters, ans is the Contamination (If any) being caused by the Meters.

    this brings to mind an old Cowboy Comic i read as a Lad, the Sheriff asked who had killed Tom Thackery, and this Cowboy replied, “It was not me who shot him in the back”. how did he know that he was Shot in the Back,? the Sheriff never mentioned How he was Killed.
    In this instance there was as far as i can recall, no mention of Bad Meters, so!!! What’s UP Doc???

    Perhaps the is some truth to the “Rumour”????????

  5. Jacque Cass June 30, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Wow, one time I use to class Bajans as having common sense but be scrist alyo just a bunch ah (put in Riri favourite word there).
    Lead does take a while to build up in the body, it would never kill in small dosage so fast to begin with and secondly why is the demography middle age ppl, why kids ain’t getting sick and vomiting with high fever and other signs of something wrong with the water. Alyo just stupid.

    • Joseph Harding June 30, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      You are so right

  6. Bajan Sebastian
    Bajan Sebastian June 30, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Leave no doubt in my mind where my safety is concerned,an Barbados is a place where the house next to you people would tell you the sun falling out the sky,it’s ur responsibly to know if it’s actually falling,don’t trust people’s words especially a bajan to a next bajan u better research an have facts,like if the water is killing us who u think will take responsibility??

  7. dave June 30, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Water Contaminated now ??? What next ?

  8. recoanthony July 1, 2016 at 2:41 am

    in de first case we had de other metres here, no problems what so ever, so why fix something that is not broken? madness to m mind, seems to me the barbados water authority is being run out of canada, with certain people bringing in thoes metres an water tanks too…i wonder how much canada and barbados sign the deal for? boy o boy, tax payerssssssss

  9. Dave July 1, 2016 at 6:44 am

    We need to know the reason why these smart metres were rejected in Canada. Also we need to stop fooling ourselves that our water is pure/ the best. The specialist had already sounded the alarm a decade ago that the nitrates in the water was close to an unacceptable level. Somebody lie!!

  10. 3rdsun July 1, 2016 at 7:54 am

    People always try to find excuses when they afraid. I hear somebody blaming Flow’s fiber optic network, now the water meters. I ain’t hear nobody call out the chicken that sneek in the island without inspection or maybe the foodstuff that had the labels changed. After all the minister said it safe to eat.


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