Fix water woes, BLP says

Mere hours before the start of the new school year tomorrow, the Barbados Labour Party’s shadow Minister of Water Resources Trevor Prescod has blasted Agriculture Minister Dr David Estwick for the water woes still plaguing rural parishes.



Demanding “an immediate plan of relief”, Prescod in a strongly worded statement charged that, “the lack of running water is not only a major inconvenience but a threat to people’s health.”

Prescod knocked the Government for allowing the problem to escalate while ignoring solutions offered by Opposition Leader Mia Mottley.


He cited a recommendation for the five water tankers operated by the Barbados Water Authority to be supplemented and operated on a 24-hour basis.

Mottley had also suggested that a daily schedule of the routes be published to allow people to plan their business accordingly.

Prescod, the MP for St Michael East, said the situation was a “damning indictment on the competence of any Government”, even as he insisted that the BLP’s position “ was not about partisanship. It is about people suffering

“Simply put, better can be done and better must be done! The Barbados Labour Party calls upon Freundel Stuart and his ministers to treat the residents of St Joseph and the rest of Barbados without water with the respect they deserve and meet their immediate needs while they focus on the long term solutions that they have been talking about.

“The Government must urgently resolve this situation, particularly in light of the commencement of the new school term tomorrow,” Prescod said.




30 Responses to Fix water woes, BLP says

  1. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd September 11, 2016 at 10:17 pm


  2. Nakeisha Hinkson
    Nakeisha Hinkson September 11, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Well said

  3. Phyllis G Wallace
    Phyllis G Wallace September 11, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    How long is this nonsense going to go on? Why must these people lives this way?

  4. James September 11, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Very good suggestions given the circumstances.

    Fact is we are in this situation because of decades of neglect. There’s therefore no quick fix which will bring long term benefits.

  5. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 12, 2016 at 3:26 am

    Simple this would never happen in the heights or terraces because they won’t stand for it and those folks there have power unlike these regular bottom of the economic ladder people.But then again what do we expect from a country run by backward third world people.

    • Patrina Drakes
      Patrina Drakes September 12, 2016 at 6:58 am

      That is not really true Edge hill terrence St Thomas and some of have had the same water problems that Melrose, Aurther Seat St Thomas has for the last 22 years.St Silas Heights and Waterhall terrence St James all have the same outages as Orangehill ,Baywoods St James Royal Westmoreland had to install more waterfalls after the water was of for 2 weeks in the St James St Andrew area where i live

  6. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce September 12, 2016 at 3:37 am

    Fix water woes, fix transport board, fix the roads, fix sanitation, fix white hill, fix QEH, fix de pension, tax returns and stop de long talk. It is really embarrassing how can we promote BIM and the island is in such a state.

  7. Henderson Cheltenham
    Henderson Cheltenham September 12, 2016 at 5:35 am

    I’m sorry for those people that are suffering for this important source,but the blp refused to tackle this issue for 14yrs,and now want it to look like the Dlp is who created it

    • Colette Felix
      Colette Felix September 12, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      Even if the previous party didn’t tackle it,does that mean the present one should just ignore it also,so in that case nothing will ever be fixed,stupseee seriously you eh meking no damn sense

    • harry turnover September 13, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      Fix what problem ? are you telling yourself that the problems in St.Joseph were going on for 14 years prior to 2008 ?
      So what is stopping someone from saying that the problems go as far back as to when ERROL BARROW was running the Country ?…..and because the BLP was the last Government you want to make it look as thought the BLP refused to fix the problem ??

  8. harry turnover September 12, 2016 at 6:47 am

    ESTWICK …instead of you talking SH8 and meking sport at people , place five water tankers operated by the Barbados Water Authority to be supplemented and operated on a 24-hour basis in ST.JOSEPH….that is a short term solution that CAN be implemented by YOU and YOUR CARELESS GOVERNMENT….but as YOU always say…TIME LONGER THAN TWINE….wunna got de ball now and if wunna examine it carefully the shine off,it scruffed up but the new ball due in 18 overs and by that time wunna gine be bowled OUT.
    IF the SAME thing was to happen to the people in St.Philip hope when people tell ya that they don’t mek rain that ya don’t get vex.

  9. Josh Humphreys
    Josh Humphreys September 12, 2016 at 7:01 am

    Yes fix the problems the local people are suffering and then concentrate on the tourism! Don’t promise your guests the world when you can’t provide basics for your residents.

  10. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn September 12, 2016 at 7:08 am

    You need to go infont of parliament and demonstrated telling the minister to resign.

  11. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens September 12, 2016 at 7:14 am

    U really need to see that these people get water. It’s essential. It’s not an easy solution. But until there’s a solution please concentrate on them having water.

  12. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens September 12, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Heard a man say that this was happening for donkey years now.

  13. Sara September 12, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Dear BLP these water woes were going on when you all was in power in these same areas you all never solve them STOP MAKING THIS POLITICAL and help with a solutions and water tankers is a short-term fix find long-term solution because it going to get worse.Anybody with an ounce of sense can correlate the low rainfall amount in the wet seasons with water stores not being refill but still being used.From my primary school days in the late 80s we told not to waste water because Barbados was water scarce don’t wash cars with hoses use buckets water, plants sparsely, take short showers were ads on tv in the 90s so it no Party problem it a Country problem and it should be all hands on deck!

  14. hawkeye September 12, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Clever! Estwick boy de people can’t read you deliveries. You try to get Fruuendel to listen to you and he didn’t so you an some o D boys undermining D govament because wunna got plans. Cause we know you cudda fix da Sin Joseph watah problem every sinse. Umis called a back o D ball googly. Fruendel too ignorant to understand da move.

  15. BoboTheClown September 12, 2016 at 8:36 am

    If Barbadians are as smart as they really think they are ,the entire Population should be up in arms over the way the Island’s most essential properties are being handled by the current Government. There is no doubt that the current water woes facing residents in some Parishes is deplorable ; Not because there is a water shortage, but because of the lack o insight. Why can’t more water tankers be put in place ,passing through Districts more often at given times to alleviate the hardships many are facing? Is this two complicated? Or is it that Estwick and company ,lack basic common sense.
    I have voted Democratic all my life ,but that will definitely change if i have an opportunity to vote next election . I would hope that Barbadians come to their senses and do the right thing next general election without being hoodwinked into thinking that the same elected Ministers if reelected are suddenlyn going to do things differently . Lives are being effected in a way that has never been seen ilack n Barbados by the lack of empathy ,lack of
    foresight, and most of all incompetence.
    I say if ever there was time for change it is now;no if ands or buts the writing has been written on your walls in indelible ink. You’ll have yourselves to blame if you continue to follow the “Pied Pipers”of this Government. We’ll all perish.

    Like a Phrase now being heard “It is time for change.”

  16. Ozetta September 12, 2016 at 9:13 am

    The people of St John are suffering too, especially those in Glebe Land and surrounding areas for years now. This problem has increased and the community water tanks are empty on a regular basis. We haven’t had a drop of water for the past four days and our home tank is empty and when the BWA workers came to fill the community one yesterday he refused to fill ours. How is is that certain parishes can get water and others cant? I know there is a problem with rainfall but it should affect all parishes, we have been getting lots of rain from June but still no water at Bowmanston. Are they taking our water and channeling it to other parishes? Some of the BWA workers are not very nice and if it is 10pm( the cut off time) they go along and leave you on the road without giving water. We can take this anymore Mr Estwick.

  17. jrsmith September 12, 2016 at 10:08 am

    The people would vote for they party come what may. why you think we are in this mess ..

  18. jrsmith September 12, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Forgot some time ago the people was moving in the right direction carrying the right ideas, (no water no vote ) …

  19. Phil September 12, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Bobo, Truth well told. I agree with you 100%. However, let me put a spin to all this. Let me say up front that I will not be surprised if Barbados Today do not show my comment. They have been very selective especially with me. but never mind, I have circulated my responses to more popular, more circulated and more reliable agencies than them. Now here is my spin. Estwick is a clever and intelligent man. We all know he can commandere and solve this water problem. but this a strategic move to undermine Fruendel and a few of his chosen few. Fruendel ain’t got a clue about Estwick’s action plan.
    The suck ups at BT will not show this comment But they can’t stop its circulation.

  20. Anonymous September 12, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks to the BWA driver in the photo, cause he works hard.

  21. Montel Francis September 12, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I am sorry to see my country going to the dogs, and the people siting back and letting it happen here will soon be no Barbados
    Fruendel and party don’t know what they are doing ,if the young don’t think serious about life they will be in real trouble can’t feed they family and have to hang they head in shame think how to remove the burden

  22. harry turnover September 12, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    A strategic move to undermine Stuart ???? and a few of his chosen few ??? man you way off base !! big man it is a strategic move to undermine Dale Marshall… not annuda fella !!
    Fruendel ain’t got a clue bout NUTTEN,ain’t care bout a fella neither inside nor outside of Parliament.
    By now you should have seen that ALL he is interested in is to pompasett as PM until he time dun and if push comes to shove ,he can easily pull stumps and dun all de play acting.

  23. Phil September 12, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    harry boy Estwick cudda cure da problem long long ago. He sending a message to Fruendell and he tight hand man Sealy. Estwick ain’t stupid. he clever You watch and see how he dismantling Fruendel. He is part of dat internal struggle.

    • harry turnover September 13, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      Phil boy it is clear as crystal that Estwick is after Marshall.As for dismantling Stuart ?? how,why,where,when at this STAGE with elections round de corner ????
      Internal struggle at this stage ? there was ALWAYS an internal struggle mate but all they can do is talk otherwise they will all self destruct…and who you think would come out on top ??? no pun intended ….FRUENDEL STUART…this mans’ pension en the same as the salary he getting now ??

  24. Edmund Harrison
    Edmund Harrison September 12, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Take the money being used for the Royal visit and put it towards fixing this water problem, it’s really embarrassing now

  25. M Anthony Adamson
    M Anthony Adamson September 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Both the intellectually and politically backward, bankrupt and discredited DLP and BLP must be ABSOLUTELY TOTALLY CLINICALLY removed – as soon as possible – by the broad masses and middle classes of people of Barbados from the political landscape of this country.

  26. harry turnover September 13, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    DLP yardfowls blaming the BLP because they were the last administration and that they didn’t fix the problem.
    BLP yardfowls would have every right to say that prior to when they took office that those problems existed when the DLP had the reins…..and this blame game would go right back
    Now if Bdos was still under BRITISH RULE those problems might have been FIXED a long time ago…so the blame has to fall solely and squarely on ERROL BARROW who BROKE TIES WITH THE BRITISH to go INDEPENDENT.


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