Too long!

Jordan appeals for relief for water-starved St Peter residents

The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for St Peter, Colin Jordan, is pleading with the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) to bring relief to residents of that rural constituency.

Speaking with Barbados TODAY via telephone, Jordan said his constituents had been suffering for more than a year now from frequent water outages and he warned that their frustration was now turning to anger.

“The water issues in St Peter would have started in May of 2015 and just by way of background we’ve been asking for at least half of the year for the Barbados Water Authority personnel to come to the areas that were especially hard hit,” Jordan said.

Colin Jordan
Colin Jordan

“In recent weeks we have had a return to the prolonged periods of water outage. But what has the residents particularly perturbed is that there is an absence of water tankers. These are areas that do not have in the main, water tanks. But water tankers are scarce, and in some cases do not come at all.

“We are really calling on the Barbados Water Authority to do something to alleviate the plight of the people,” Jordan added.

He said the situation was particularly bad in areas such as Boscobelle, Gays, The Mount, Castle, Diamond Corner, Indian Ground, Four Hills, Lonesome Hill, Roebuck and Mount Brevitor. However, he complained that the cries of the residents had for the most part fallen on deaf ears with “no response” forthcoming from the BWA.

“We have residents in Ben Hill for example, who have animals which have not had water since two Saturdays ago and repeated calls have not caused the BWA to send tankers to the area,” he said.

“Water is an essential item, everybody knows that. The residents need to see the water tankers. It is not sufficient to tell us that the tankers are deployed to other areas. We are people too. We need water.”

With concerns currently being expressed that many of the affected areas are Opposition BLP strongholds, Jordan insisted that he was not politicizing the issue, but said he was asked by his constituents to bring the matter to the fore because they on their own had been trying to get resolution without success.

Meanwhile, the BWA’s Manager of Engineering Stephen Lindo remains hopeful that hard-hit communities in St Peter and St James will get some relief over the next two days.

Speaking on radio today, Lindo said the problem had been exacerbated because two pumping stations, which deliver water to the affected areas, had not been working.

“What has happened is those pumps within those two systems have gone to earth, meaning that the pumps have failed. We have changed those pumps and again they went to earth. We are trying to investigate the situation as to why two sets of pumps have gone to earth in such quick time.

“We are in the process now of removing a pump from one of our stations to replace in Haymans and we hope to get that done by the end of today or early tomorrow,” he added. 

5 Responses to Too long!

  1. Tony Webster October 5, 2016 at 5:38 am

    Next: Some bright spark will be selling water at $5.00 per PET Bottle…(delivered to your door; pay in USD please)…like in the slums of Delhi, or Rio, or Cairo?

  2. Alex Alleyne October 5, 2016 at 6:02 am

    This is where bajans must unite and forget the politics. With hold all fund owed to the BWA. Treat them just like they treating us. Hurt them where it hurts most , in the pocket. No water no money. It’s time to get serious , people.
    What can they do ,……”Take us to court”.

  3. Phil October 5, 2016 at 8:34 am

    I maintain that this an indirect method being applied by Estwick to bring down Fruenkey Donkey. The man was shadow minister of finance leading up to 2008. He was one of the best forces for the DEMs leading to that election. But, he was and still is, a force within the D party. He is highly qualified, He is very clever and has no coconut for a head. The knights of the round table on George Street removed him from the finance ministry because they know his power. King Richard nor Fruenky will ever stand up to them. Estee wrote Fruenky a letter outlining a US$5 billion refinancing package which would have seen this country not having to print more money nor standing at the foot of the IMF. He was given the “I aint” answering that” attitude. so Estee will bring him down. I am sure Estee has his plan in place and he would have been a much better PM with Don Don as his deputy. But as I said, the Knights of the round table in George Street controlling DEM. AS for Mia, I love you too and hope you’ll be our next PM but with that Pain in de neck who is trying tyo Marshall you and noe he got the fish without Gill and the other two indepents that I think are going extinct real soon, But wait wuh happen to de other two fly by night paryies One Solutions Barbados and the other one By de Holder boy? doan worry bout PEP, dem is Pooh. Ah Gone…..

  4. Sam Pillie October 5, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    The Engineering Manager should be fired!

    How can you remove pumps from operation which failed because they went to earth and then installed new ones without checking the electrical circuit to find out why they went to earth? Maybe the one he is now installing will also go to earth.

    I think that it’s people like the Engineering Manager who is giving Mr. Estwick a bad name.

    In my humbled opinion, Mr. Estwick is the ONLY minister that is performing in this present government. I would like to see him receiving more support from the Minister of Finance in having some more water-tankers to serve the areas without water until this challenge is behind us. It also looks to me like his staff is not 100% behind him for some reason.

    No other member of any political party had the GUTTS/HEART to tackle this challenge of water in Barbados. I say, that when citizens of Barbados do not receive something as important as water, heads should roll.

  5. Ossie Moore October 6, 2016 at 9:12 am

    “Lawd Phil “! You know nuff wha gine on! Man you cah me back to the old Hong Kong! Gladd Erick Flies ain’t around! It be real “Kong Fu fighting”!


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