There was more help today for residents of St Joseph who have been struggling with a prolonged water shortage.
Resident Louvin Bradshaw, teamed up with Rotherley Construction to source donations from a number of business places including Nicholls Bakery, Courtyard Catering and YKPS to transport buckets and bottles of water.
“We’re bringing the water, going and catching it. Making sure that the people got some water,” said Bradshaw, a resident of St Joseph for 39 years.
Bradshaw, who is among those affected by the water shortage, told Barbados TODAY that residents had gone nearly four months with dry taps.
“We were out of water consistently now going into four months and I can testify to that because I remember two weeks before the children went into vacation the water went off and then you have 10 weeks of vacation….and now the children back to school going on three weeks.”
“Water is always of importance, so we believe that the situation is rather critical…these people really really need water and … we’re not getting water but we still have to pay for it so any help is good,” Bradshaw added.
He indicated that residents who owned water tanks were also at a disadvantage, saying “It’s ok to say invest in a tank, but when you invest in a tank and then when done you have to beg Water Authority to come and full up the tank because the tank can only hold 800-1000 gallons of water, so the tanks [are] running out as well.”
Edwin Harper, a driver at Rotherley Construction, was responsible for organising the water delivery service. He said after seeing the plight of his friends, he suggested using the truck to deliver the commodity to the affected areas.
Harper told Barbados TODAY he was overwhelmed by the expressions of gratitude from the residents.
“When you give them water, they were so happy and it was like Christmas giving somebody a present and seeing how they feel,” he said. (KK)