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BWA promises

Water company says relief under way for St Joseph

Residents of St Joseph have been assured that relief is under way from their long-running water woes.

The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) gave the assurance at a press conference at its Pine, St Michael headquarters shortly after some 150 resident staged a two-hour demonstration to vent their frustration over the shortages and inflated bills.

Acting Manager of Engineering Stephen Lindo explained that a dramatic reduction in yield at several pumping stations, down to a quarter million gallons a day from as high as a million gallons. This, he said, along with the recent drought, had led to demand outstripping  supply.

Acting Manager Of Engineering at the BWA Stephen Lindo

Acting Manager Of Engineering at the BWA Stephen Lindo

“We have had a fall off in terms of the yield from several pump stations which supply water to these areas, and the St Joseph area is one of those areas in the higher elevations of Barbados,” Lindo said.    

The water company executive said the situation on the west coast was different simply because of the desalination plant.

“Had the desalination not been there the situation would have been worse,” he said.

Lindo indicated that the BWA was in the process on commissioning a second borehole at Sweet Vale, St George which would provide another half a million gallons of water to Castle Grant for pumping to St Joseph.

However, he admitted that a well renovated at Groves, St George, which was to supply another half million gallons of water, had been abandoned due to a drop in water levels.   

The BWA’s Corporate Communications Specialist Joy-Ann Haigh addressed the issue of empty water tanks, telling reporters that this was often the result of the unavailability of water trucks.

Corporate Communication Specialist at The Barbados Water Authority Joy-Ann Haigh

Corporate Communication Specialist at The Barbados Water Authority Joy-Ann Haigh

“We have a very small fleet of trucks – there are about five trucks and one super tank –  and on a general day [all] may not be working. Because they are working so hard, we are having issues with the vehicles breaking down and having to have them repaired; so some days we only have two or two trucks to fill these community tanks,” Haigh said.

Meantime, in response to complaints by that they continued to receive inflated water bill despite dry taps, Haigh said the BWA was in talks with the Fair Trading Commission to decide the best way to address this issue. 

6 Responses to BWA promises

  1. Tony Webster September 8, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Miss Haigh: you gine get a medal – or several- for taking the lashes due to others hiding further up de pipe-line….and pushing you out to face the music! Dem gine get de lashes later for excelling at “low-draulics”. Cud as well get Woody Richardson out from retirement…he’s most likley forgotten more than the Hon.minister and his merry men will ever know.

    May I ask of all of us “lucky” citizens who actually still getting water, to use AS LITTLE as possible: turn-off the shower while “soaping-up”; ditto when cleaning the pearlies; don’t flush every time when “passing water”; don’t clean the car every week-end ( the car will NOT die) but some little infant in St.Joseph might get bathed; don’t use your washing machine if you are able to hand-wash; if you MUST use the washer, use a FULL load of evahbody’s clothes; all these little things will add-up and assist a fellow-Bajan, to get a little water and relief. Save as mush of your rain-water, even if you have to adjust the down-pipe, and fill a drum, for your plants- or to give to someone who ent got a drop (COVER the drum properly against mozies).

    And yes, it’s better to save up a pet bottle (or ten) for when your turn comes. It is entirely posssible that it will get worse, before it gets back anywhere like normal.

    The “new math” sez WATER= LIFE..and each of us must play our part. Right, Mrs. Sweet Joy-Ann?

  2. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn September 8, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Too much talk.get it fixed before election.

  3. Phil September 8, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Tony , I’m not sure if you know that Woody Richardson is 101 years young. will be marking his 102 on December 31st. and yes his knowledge of hydro engineering is immense. Perhaps Barbados Today can visit him and do an interview even if it’s just for posterity. on another note it won’t be surprising if Joy – Ann Haigh announces her her decision to run as a candidate in the next General elections

  4. Paul September 8, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    I am a resident of St Joseph. Thanks to all for there support. However, all we ask is for the authorities to speak the truth. Golden Ridge is our MAJOR PROBLEM. For years they were experiencing outages. It is now worse than evah. Excuse was de factory. De factory shut now can’t remember how long. Situation got worse to the point now that de pumping station dun pump. So much work was done up til now they can’t find a path to get water from St Philip/Bomanston/Castle Grant to help we. De Municipal Complex/Blackman’s Development/the one by Grantley Adams School came since we. None oh these areas ain’t suffering like we that lived there from the 50’s. Then again we celebrating we 50th but we like we starting from way back then. What a way to celebrate.

  5. jrsmith September 8, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    @ ,Paul , hail,hail, well said on the button the water infruscture should have been upgrade 3 decades ago and be well serviced , as like the power , the roads ,the public buildings and transport system all neglected because the funds pass to other hidden avenues . not accountable …

    The time is coming to vote and all the attempts to fix years of problems in months is going to be made and we will see the same kind of voting, when all the party faithfuls come out only to cast the party vote without any concern of manifesto.

  6. jrsmith September 8, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    The world is covered in water technology but we in Barbados is suffering because of real good technical management…bring in technical management from overseas to fix this water problem. and all the other problems we are having we don’t have the capable people in Barbados…


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