Lammings residents dismiss new water plan

Like their Member of Parliament Dale Marshall, residents of Lammings, St Joseph said they did not believe measures announced by Minister of  Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick will solve their long-running water problems.

Dr Eswick today announced the establishment of a rapid response unit within the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) and a five-year hire purchase scheme to facilitate the purchase of water tanks by residents in water-starved areas, as part of emergency short-term strategy to ease the water crisis facing the country.

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP)’s Marshall quickly shrugged off the plan, saying he had no confidence the it would work.

Members of his constituency have since told Barbados TODAY they would rather have water flowing through their taps, not stored in tanks.

Harbour View Terrace resident Royan Alleyne acknowledged the response unit would ease the burden of his aging mother who had to trek to a community tank to access water.

However, he flatly dismissed the hire purchase system for water tanks, asking, “that make sense?”

“I’m not going to tell my mother to take that opportunity to pay that. I’m going to tell her straight I’m not helping her pay it,” Alleyne said.

Fellow Harbour View resident Daniel Leacock was no different, shrugging off the hire purchase plan as unnecessary.

“You could do the same thing [hire purchase] for yourself,” he pointed out, while arguing that a tankful of water would not last the “four to five days” which Dr Estwick said they it was expected to.

“The families up in here so big, I could guarantee got in more than five people . . . that includes cooking, washing, the bathroom, because not everybody got a pit toilet either. So all these things that people got to look at . . .

“How long the water going last? No water can’t last you four days.”

In any event, Leacock said his immediate concern was not the schedule of the response unit or the tank system, but “why water can come through the tap when the meter got to get read and after that the water going off?”

Leacock contended the authorities were not aware of the severity of the situation and they needed to experience it themselves.

He held little faith that the measures announced today would work, saying, “these people only talking”.

Perhaps the most skeptical was the outspoken Yvette Belgrave, owner of Hobbie Boobie Canteen, who described Dr Estwick’s announcement as a “gaff”.

The owner of the Lammings-based cafeteria said she failed to see the connection between water tanks and water from her pipes.

“Getting a tank and you got to pay for it the next five years, that ain’t got nothing to do with the next five years because you still want water to put in it and you’re not going to get water to put in it,” Belgrave said.

“You getting this tank here but you still ain’t getting no water to put in the tank, so why you buying the tank for? . . . The point is trying to get water,” she added. 

12 Responses to Lammings residents dismiss new water plan

  1. jrsmith October 8, 2016 at 6:23 am

    This Estwick person is a joker just like the whole government , nobody should consult this gentleman any longer, he just cannot manage this water problem he doesn’t know what he is doing , his schemes means we would have thousands of water trucks all over the island, but still no water, he have tried so much of nothing to do nothing to gain nothing still no water..

    All this waste of time and money buying trucks let us bajans see what deal the government is getting on water trucks, this money and time could be spent securing with the (Canadians’) deal for the new water processing plant, best deal ever…..
    I am in London at the moment and my wife isn’t a political person when I showed her what Mr, Estwick said she just burst out laughing , why are you laughing, man, he is a bajan comedian . ..

  2. Vernon Chandler
    Vernon Chandler October 8, 2016 at 6:31 am

    St. Joseph & those areas need reservoirs. Dale shouldve built reservoirs in that area ever since. Especially seeing that he & his party keep bragging about how good the country was doing back then & how much money they had. He had the position as the 3rd most powerful man in cabinet & he shouldve had the vision to improve his constituency. This problem did not start yesterday. For decades those rural parishes were complaining about water outages. Yet it is those country parishes that attract the most rainfall & they shouldve all had their own reservoirs ages ago.
    For decades we have been hearing that Barbados is a water scarce country yet nothing was done to fix the problem.

    • harry turnover October 8, 2016 at 6:54 am

      The problems STARTED with ERROL BARROW. HE was the one who BROKE ties with the BRITISH in 1966.
      If he hadn’t all like now GREAT BRITAIN would have ASSISTED in building those reservoirs and more.

      • Olutoye Walrond October 8, 2016 at 10:28 am

        Ha! ha! Harry, you have such a sense of humour.
        Yes, indeed, the good, old “mother country’ would be there to take care of the needs of her immature, subservient little ones, hoping all the while that they would grow up like men and women and manage their own lives.

  3. Hal Austin October 8, 2016 at 9:55 am

    We want a national emergency, followed by bans on usage by golf clubs, swimming pool owners, car washers, domestic gardeners, etc

  4. Olutoye Walrond October 8, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Whatever the reason for this unfortunate crisis, the fact remains there is a problem which prevents water from running through the pipes of these residents.

    Rejecting temporary solutions and insisting on the ideal will not get them anywhere. The measures announced are probably the best that can be had in the circumstances. You get assistance with tanks that will supply water for a couple months at a time.

    Accept the offer while waiting for the return of normalcy.

  5. jrsmith October 8, 2016 at 10:42 am

    @ ,Harry , hail, hail on the button I agree with you , must further add we have (Independence ) but we are still a (Dependency)…
    Wonder who is the Caucasian ,who will save us …

  6. seagul October 8, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Jr and harry — same person, just different names. Exposed by the monarchy.

    • Coralita October 8, 2016 at 8:14 pm


  7. Greengiant October 9, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Jr be careful your wife don’t see you as a barbarian comedian as well.

  8. jrsmith October 9, 2016 at 6:31 am

    @ , Greengiant , hail, hail , people like you is only able to voice a hidden opinion on this forum, because you are still opening the doors for (Massa) yes sir , no sir…..

  9. Sheron Inniss October 9, 2016 at 8:28 am

    I know the minister can’t make the rain fall. I keep hearing about the runoff that goes to the sea. What about some dams to channel rain water to the reservoirs? What about some more reservoirs? Why hasn’t Joe’s river been tapped yet? I believe that would be money well spent. I leave this one in the hands of the Almighty. When human beings destroy what they are supposed to take care of it will not provide for us – the Earth.


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