Water woes persist in the north

One day after the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) opened a desalination plant in the north of the island, residents are continuing to complain of slow water pressure and dirty water in their taps.

However, they are holding on to hope that the newly installed plant at Hope, St Lucy will improve the quality and supply of the precious commodity.

The plant is expected to provide an additional 300,000 gallons of water a day to the Alleynedale, Lamberts and Boscobel systems.

When Barbados TODAY visited Hope this morning, workmen from the Ionics Fresh Water Limited owned by businessman Ralph Bizzy Williams were busy cleaning the line of pipes to ensure clean water would be pumped to the taps of residents.

Workmen from the Ionics Fresh Water Limited busy at the desalination plant at Hopes, St Lucy.
Workmen from the Ionics Fresh Water Limited busy at the desalination plant at Hopes, St Lucy.

Carl Greaves, a retired educator who lives in Hope, said he was confident that the plant would help St Lucy and surrounding districts in the north to have a constant supply of drinking water.

Retired teacher Carl Greaves believes the desalination plant will help.
Retired teacher Carl Greaves believes the desalination plant will help.

“I think the idea is a good idea because people in this area complain about shortage of water, especially in Josey Hill . . . Some of the water down there was used for irrigation but they are updating it now so the residents can use it. But I would give thumbs up to it,” Greaves said.

Over in Springfield, Harlon Bowen mentioned that very little water had been coming through his taps and when it did it sometimes was discoloured.

“This water up here does be muddy. I get water but no big lot. I does catch a bucket full and fill some bottles and put them in the fridge for when I don’t got none coming,” Bowen told Barbados TODAY.

Nigel Broome of  Harris’ Tenantry shared a similar experience.

“You see the other day I catch some water, oh Lord, you couldn’t use it. Water brown, brown, I had to throw it away. At the end of the day you want water to wash clothes and that kind of water is a no no. I feel right now the water works can give us a better deal than the current one.”

Resident of Harris’ Tenantry, St Lucy Nigel Broome.
Resident of Harris’ Tenantry, St Lucy Nigel Broome.

When asked if the desalination plant would bring relief, Broome said he was hopeful, but he would wait and see.

One person, who gave his name as Cat, said the water he got was so discoloured that could not do daily chores.

Cat wants clean water.
Cat wants clean water.

“Right now I got some clothes in my waste bucket I got to wash over. I wash the other day the water did good, all of a sudden now the water brown . . . sometimes you got to wait a whole day before you cook. I have to take ice and melt to get water to cook for my children. The water like Milo water,” Cat said, adding it did not matter what BWA did, all he wanted was clean water.

2 Responses to Water woes persist in the north

  1. BoboTheClown August 27, 2016 at 8:09 am

    We once had the purest and best water in the Western Hemisphere . Some drastic measures have to be taken ,and quickly to rectify the situation that is accounting for all the dirty water that we are hearing about recently. I’m sure if it as described consuming it could and would eventually cause some health problems . Better must be done by all those who control and look after our water plants.

  2. Sam Pillie August 27, 2016 at 8:53 am

    One would think that the BWA would have flushed those water lines before sending water to residence in the North, but I guess that dirty water was the storm before the calm.

    With De-Sal plants, they are two challenges and if not monitored often/properly, you can provide water which is not safe or damage the membranes.

    Users of De-Sal water normally suffer with swollen joints if the water salt-content is too high. De-Sal plants require a proper pre-filtration system so as to prolong the life of the (expensive) membranes so that the output gallonage would be around the 300k mark.

    Overall I think that it boils down to the maintenance and Preventative Maintenance of these plants.


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