Stuart urges BWA to talk to consumers
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is advising the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) to improve its communication with residents affected by water shortages.
While pointing out that neither his administration nor the BWA had any control over rainfall, Stuart urged the state agency to enhance its public relations, not only with householders in water-starved St Joseph, but in all other areas where there were water problems.
Speaking to reporters at the end of an eight-hour closed-door meeting of the full Social Partnership at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre Monday afternoon, the Prime Minister said he empathized with the suffering folk who have been experiencing dry taps for weeks.
He also thanked affected residents for their patience, saying his Government was doing its best to bring lasting relief to their lives.
Stuart noted that the BWA was rolling out specific measures to remedy the situation, which some residents complained had been going on for close to a year.
The Prime Minister also reminded consumers that the authorities were facing major challenges in providing an efficient and reliable supply of water, such as drought, the peculiar typography of St Joseph and the age old pipes, currently being replaced.