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BWA announces new ‘Rapid Response’ system

Minister of  Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick has announced the immediate establishment of a Rapid Response Unit at the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) to help ease the water woes plaguing several communities.

 Speaking at a press conference a short while ago, Dr Estwick said the new unit, which will operate on a two-shift system, would be responsible for addressing water outages and leakages, as well as all communication with the public. It will also deploy water tankers and be responsible for filling community tanks.

Additionally, the Government minister announced  a new “hire purchase” system that would allow Barbadians — initially in the water-starved parishes of St Peter, St Joseph, St Andrew, St Thomas and St John — to acquire a complete water tanker system for a nominal charge over a five year period.

Dr Estwick said each tank, when full, could serve an average family for four to five days.

12 Responses to BWA announces new ‘Rapid Response’ system

  1. jrsmith October 7, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    If have never heard or seen such foolishness this is how to manage …. Only in Barbados .. see what I mean you have rodents you are buying poison to kill the rodents, but the rodents are the ones making the poison……..

  2. jrsmith October 7, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Estwick cant make it any clearer them and us ,thats where we are at , bajans have come a long way ,for this political achievement…

  3. harry turnover October 7, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    ….and all dat pretty talk is coming from a man who tells people HE DOAN MEK RAIN ……stop meking sport wid peoples lives and place water tankers in those places EVERY DAY man.

  4. Carson C Cadogan October 7, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    This is all rabble-rousing and fear mongering which is going on in this country vis a vis the water situation. It is being authored by the Barbados Labour Party who know better than anyone that Barbados is a water scarce country facing serious drought conditions.

    We also have to take into consideration that not only Bajans need water. We are welcoming to our shores record numbers of cruise ships to Barbados with thousands of visitors on any given day. These ships draw thousands of gallons of water from our water supply for drinking, cooking, sanitary purposes for their passengers. The myriad of merchant ships which dock at our port also take on board thousands of gallons of our water for their outward journey after discharging their cargoes. Airlines at the Grantley Adams Airport also need to draw on our water supply.

    Our Tourism Industry unlike the rest of the Barbados private sector, is firing on all cylinders. As a result Barbados is seeing unprecedented numbers of visitors to our shores. Every single one of these Tourists need to use our water. The Hotels, Guest houses, Restaurants, Bars and places of entertainment which hosts our guests need to provide for them and this includes their water needs.

    Then there is also the Barbados Fire Service which draws water from our water supply in order to carry out its duties.

    All sources, Bajans, Cruise ships, Airplanes, Merchant ships, Tourists, The Barbados Fire Service, are drawing water from our depleted water wells.

    The Govt. is working very hard putting measures in place to alleviate the situation. This is well known, however those in the Barbados Labour Party are working tirelessly to sabotage those gallant efforts through unsound statements and trouble making.

    • Olutoye Walrond October 7, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      Carson, did you listen to Mr. Estwick today? Because he stayed clear of all of the reasons you gave for this problem. We have always had airlines, merchant ships, tourists, cruise ships and the other consumers of water. This is nothing new.
      The problem is one rooted in a lack of foresight and planning.

      • Carson C Cadogan October 8, 2016 at 9:14 am

        What we have not always had were the drought conditions which are now prevailing. This is making the situation in a water scarce country worst.

        Last year 31 inches of rain instead of the customary 55 inches.

        As you may know our aquifers are replenished by rain water which is in very short supply.

  5. Phil October 7, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Carson Cadogan All that you just wrote is absolute garbage. You should pay more garbage tax. You should go dump yourself in a blue garbage can cause that’s the best place to put garbage. You’re clearly trying to defend DEM. You are like Arthur and the other old guy that call I the Tacks program every day to defend the ignorance of the DLP. There is no water shortage in Barbados. The shortage is water management skills.

    David Got you fooled too.

    • Carson C Cadogan October 8, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Maybe you live on the Moon instead of Barbados.

      In the best of times Barbados is a water scarce country. That is the reason why the last Govt. had to build a desalination plant during their time in power as they like to call it.

      I dont know where you jokers come from.

  6. Alex Alleyne October 7, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Bajans have made one “rapid Response” to this water issue. NOT A RED CENT TO BWA UNTIL WE GET WATER FLOWING TRU ALL TAPS.

  7. Tony Webster October 8, 2016 at 12:47 am

    @Olutoye: thanks for the surgical treatment which Cde. Cadogsn deserves. What really sends chills down my back, is my conviction that there are many other government departments, S.O.E.s, and statutory boards, who are either more adept at keeping a lid on all their functional shortcomings…and worse! B.W.A.’s fiasco’s are more easily seen as they issue-forth ( or fail to do so) every time we flush or turn on a tap. Those others, usually await Leigh Trotman’s annual essays, or ” full platform treatment” every five years.

    Bottom line: we are in Fifty Shades of Deep Doo-Doo, any way you slice it. (sorry the mixed metaphors)…but as the song sez…these days…”anything goes”, with Pride and industry fast becoming a mere political throw-away phrase, backed -up by a wooden thingamajig spray-painted gold.

  8. BIG SKY October 8, 2016 at 1:22 am

    That is bare ETIHS. I’m dyslexic. The people need water in there taps not in a tank.It clearly shows you are an educated fool.Why not start by building one desalination plant.Why cant Barbadians have their tax dollars spent on them?

  9. deryck payne October 8, 2016 at 5:24 am

    people can hardly afford food and he is inviting them in dept, it makes no sense having a tank and no water, i was waiting to hear for real solutions to this problem and all i hear is fruitless talk


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