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‘Horse doo doo!’

Minister of Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick has told his critics to stop playing politics with the current water woes facing some sections of the island.

Earlier this week residents of St Joseph staged a protest outside the offices of the Barbados Water Authority in the Pine complaining they have had to put up with dry taps for over a year.

Following the protests, which involved Oppostion Barbados Labour Party Member of Parliament for St Joseph Dale Marshall and his St George South colleague Dwight Sutherland, there were calls for Dr Estwick to step down.  However, the Government’s lead spokesman on water told reporters this morning that while he respected the right of residents to protest, others should not seek to politicize the issue.

“The issue is to understand the facts and not play politics with the water.  Water is not a political issue, water is a life and death issue,” Dr Estwick said, adding that his challenge now was to “fix old infrastructure that should have been fixed”. He said he would launch two new mains shortly from Golden Ridge to Castle Grant and from Sweet Vale to Castle Grant.

“But I’m not going to get into that because if a man does not have water he has a right to protest. But you do not use the protestation politically because if you got 31 inches of rain last year, which is the lowest rainfall in 76 years, where is the Barbados Water Authority going to get the water from?” he asked.

Dr Estwick explained that the island’s average rainfall was barely enough to extract 44 million gallons of water per day, which has been done since 1998.  And given the growth and consumption over the past 18 years,  he said the current supply could not meet the demand.

“That is the reason why I congratulate former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, because after the [former] prime minister got the information on the water management and water loss study, he understood he had to try to augment water supply so he built one desalination plant.

“But what he should have done, he should have built several desal plants and he should have gone ahead and upgraded the mains and reservoirs and so on at that point in time. That never happened so we still have an infrastructure that is 100 years old and crumbling at the same time that we have a significant reduction in rainfall,” Dr Estwick said as he sought to apportion blame for the current situation on the former Barbados Labour Party administration.

He also stated that several areas and wells across the island had not yet recovered from the lack of rainfall, while insisting that the current Government was not to be blamed for the situation.

“What does that have to do with the minister?

Do I make rain?

“The fact of the matter is that those wells, many of them had to be closed or had to be reduced their pumping significantly, otherwise let them destroy the entire water infrastructure in Barbados,” he said.

He noted that Government was in the process of constructing permanent desalination plants with a capacity of six million gallons of water per day.

The minister called on his critics to understand the matter at hand before calling for his resignation.

“Understand the science, the issues as they are and guide your charges appropriately.  Not rile them up because they have an issue, a national issue that we are trying to resolve in the best way that we can.

“So that’s why I’m saying it is foolhardy to attempt to bring a water crisis and make it a political target, as though somebody selectively pinpointed somebody in St Joseph and turned off their water. That is absolute horse doo doo. Rubbish!”

Estwick stated that he would speak to the issue of improvement of the water infrastructure in due course.

Last month he opened a temporary containerised desalination plant in Hope, St Lucy, and a second plant is due to be launched in Trents, St James soon.

13 Responses to ‘Horse doo doo!’

  1. Jada Phenix
    Jada Phenix September 10, 2016 at 12:39 am

    In China this man wouldn’t need to resign..

  2. Brien King
    Brien King September 10, 2016 at 1:04 am

    Again, I can understand what the minister is saying here but what I don’t understand is, if you are not getting much if any water, why are you getting a bill for that which you did not get ? Does the Barbados water authority has the right to charge their customers for water they did not get ? That can not be fair nor right at any stretch of one’s imagination.

  3. Joan Wickham
    Joan Wickham September 10, 2016 at 1:28 am

    shut up, you were in the media, play you throwing a switch saying the water woes were a thing of the past,giving ppl the impression that all was well, if any one is playing politics it is the DLP, FOR PENALISING THE PARISHES THAT VOTED OUT IRENE SANDIFORD, , YOU PPL CANNOT TELL WHO IS B OR D, YOU ARE HURTING YOUR OWN SUPPORTERS, FOOLS, HOW IS IT THAT CATTLE WASH ALWAYS HAVE WATER, /HORSE HILL /ST ANDREW DOES NOT, HOW DOES THAT WORK, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE PURPOSELY , MANIPULATED,

    • Coralita September 10, 2016 at 2:55 am

      Stupse!!!! “Horse doo doo.”

    • Vernon Chandler
      Vernon Chandler September 10, 2016 at 3:29 am

      But why didnt the BLP govt fix the water problems? This problem didnt start in 2008., ya know The people in St. Joseph & St. Andrew was complaining about water problems from forever. They was trying to get Mr. Marshall & Mr. Payne do something about it since the 1990’s & this was when these gentlemen were both senior ministers in the BLP govt . These ministers ignored the calls for assiatance.
      You must admit that the DLP seem to be fixing all of the problems that existed under the BLP & they are doing it with less money than the Bees had at their disposal. I am waiting to see how this thing play out because if the dems get this water problem solve they will be doing something that no other govt have done since the 1950’s.

      • st clair worrell September 12, 2016 at 6:50 pm

        If the present Government didn’t run their ass up and down Barbados claiming that the electorate should vote for them bcuz they knew how to fix all the problems that the others didn’t…. nobody would have a cause to now blame them… They now find out how hard it is to run a real Government… But running a Gov is not a job for learners… You have to be well qualified….Most of these politicians l have never heard of until Mr. Thompson pass on…What a bad job!!.

  4. Bajan Sebastian
    Bajan Sebastian September 10, 2016 at 3:08 am

    D man have a point but people can’t see it,if given the opportunity to build the plants to clean the sea water into drinking water, an correct the problems with the old water systems by creating the solutions the problem will be meet by innovation…

  5. Bajan Sebastian
    Bajan Sebastian September 10, 2016 at 3:12 am

    We are a developing Island so if we can correct our mistakes, we can create new innovative products to improve our lives and the future of our great Nation…

  6. Bajan Sebastian
    Bajan Sebastian September 10, 2016 at 3:24 am

    We have what it takes we will have a divine intervention to point the way,I guess people don’t see it an it’s right in front of us…

  7. jrsmith September 10, 2016 at 5:02 am

    This water problem should have had a fix starting 3 decades ago , also the island’s infrastructure which is in a mess , but here we are a politician is laying claims of bajans without water is playing politics.. thats why nothing is done because they bother about they parties more than the people .

    This man must remember he said the water woes would soon be over some time ago , we must stop expecting too much from people as politicians who always have ulterior motives for what ever is seems to be done for the people, not forgetting 4 political terms has passed since serious millions was spent on a sewage plant which has never work properly in 2 decades. this is politics ..

    Our water man must explain what he meant by playing politics, the question should be ask how orientated is the (BWA) to party support.. the world is clustered up with (Water Technology) why we are still struggling in Barbados , I am really seeing how education seems not to have done black people any good we just cant do for ourselves…

    I have friends living in the (UK) who work in every part of industry and government infrastructure, lots of these people work through the ranks and achieve supervisory and managerial post , these are the type of people we want in Barbados to get our country on the move all we do is wait and see , wait and see and things just get worst and worst.. (We got to do fuh we self) we could do a lot better , we must remove the people who are preventing Barbados to prosper..

    There is a lot of people who I call wankers they are educated, who want to teach us to count one to five , when most bajans can count to 100…

  8. Tony Webster September 10, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Water…..IS LIFE. And life IS politics. And that is not doo-doo. Face de music…and dance…never mind dem ent playing your tune.

  9. Sue Donym September 10, 2016 at 7:17 am

    No, Mr Estwick, you can’t make water, but surely one can make the available water flow more equitably. How is it politicising the issue to demand to have something as basic as water?

    A lot of what Mr Estwick is saying sounds political to me. But for sure, he won’t be accused of being the most eloquent, statesmanlike speaker.

  10. st clair worrell September 12, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    You were elected to Government to fix problems the others supposedly couldn’t….Stop whining and do the job..political or not… lt must be done and quickly or call Owen or Mia …


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