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What a waste!

Call it irony of ironies.
But the contrast was not lost on some St Joseph residents or motorists passing through that beautifully verdant parish this morning.

From the break of dawn householders in Horse Hill and some surrounding areas were beginning their Sunday activities of washing, bathing and cooking with water from a tank provided by the Barbados Water Authority.
Their own domestic taps, as usual, were dry.


Residents of Horse Hill, St Joseph without water from their taps this morning and depending on the community tank.

One Horse Hill resident Ernetha Chase told Barbados TODAY that after more than a week without water in their homes, the service had returned for about two hours on Wednesday but has been off again since then.

However, while they were enduring this seemingly never ending frustration, a burst pipe at Joe’s River Bridge was gushing gallons of the precious commodity into the air, the road and the nearby gully area.



Gallons of water going to waste at Joe’s River Bridge, St Joseph this morning

And as if that was not bad enough, about 200 metres away from the bridge another burst pipe at St Elizabeth Village was also gushing water into the air. Residents said they had notified the Barbados Water Authority of both situations.


More water flowing freely this morning.

With any luck, the Rapid Response Unit will save the day.

14 Responses to What a waste!

  1. Marilyn Cook
    Marilyn Cook October 9, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    15 days and counting without and that good water gone to waste while our taps remain dry.

  2. Phil October 9, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    This confirms what I said all along. we do NOT have a water scarce problem, we have a WATER MANAGEMENT problem. I know through a water hydrologist friend of mine that in a few countries, much larger than Barbados, researchers have designed a “back flow” system where rain water is collected in a special storage underground tanks seated in two and sometimes three areas including garages of homes and buildings. this water is pumped via special exit lines to a large storage tank, In our case it can be an abandoned quarry, where it is treated and pumped back to the aquifers and re-pumped as potable water back to the homes. The water from the exit lines are measured by an exit meter. It is purchased at a special price, and that money is tallied up and deducted from the following month’s water costs. Deal with Mr. Estwick, we are a much smaller country and this program can work in phases. Ah Gone…

    • Carson C Cadogan October 10, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Phil, use your head for more than growing hair or wearing a hat.

  3. Tony Webster October 10, 2016 at 6:24 am

    The late- but wise beyond understanding- and former General Manager of the then “Waterworks” dept, “Nicky” Sealy, had carefully accumulated $30+ millions, so as to be able to effect a planned mains-replacement programme.

    Unfortunately- for him-and for us…these funds were scooped-up by the Sandiford administration, never to be seen again.
    Vision? Planning? Water? All insignificant, esoteric, dribble-drabble… right?

  4. Carson C Cadogan October 10, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Were these burst pipes reported to the BWA for corrective action?

  5. Carson C Cadogan October 10, 2016 at 7:09 am

    I am wondering if these pipes were deliberately burst?

    This seems more than passing strange, Instead of calling the BWA to fix them the residents called the Photographers at Barbados Today to photograph them.

  6. BoboTheClown October 10, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Carson Cadogan’s comments above seem almost nonsensical and and without merit. First he is asking if the problem was reported to BWA.Then he is suggesting that that maybe the pipes were deliberately sabotage , because frustrated residents might have called Barbados Today to highlight what is happening in there districts at a time water woes are horrendous.

    If you travel through many districts in Barbados you’ll see broken pipe lines where water is spewing, Sometimes for days ,often weeks before BWA shows up to fix it, yet Codogans is trying to insinuate deliberate sabotage ; Guess he has no water woes or complains ,so his lack of empathy for the people of St. Joseph is zero. Maybe, just maybe he is one of those “Donald Trump ” kinds that think everything that happens is of someone else’ doings.

  7. Phil October 10, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Carson dum dum Cadogan, It’s not my head it’s what’s INSIDE my head. I am highly qualified. enough said on that. Remember this… There are three kinds of people. Those that MAKE things happen, those that WATCH things happen, and those that WONDER what happen, I can clearly see what category befits you. Thank you Bo Bo.

    • Carson C Cadogan October 10, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Blowing your own trumpet Phil?

  8. Alex Alleyne October 10, 2016 at 9:22 am

    No need to be going at each other, Please let us all come up with ideas and put them forward on how to solve the water problem. I for one will not pay BWA , but will put aside the funds in an account and pay when my water is back on.

    • Carson C Cadogan October 10, 2016 at 10:25 am

      “…..I for one will not pay BWA , but will put aside the funds in an account and pay when my water is back on.”

      Is that the best idea that you can come up with Alex?

  9. jrsmith October 10, 2016 at 11:37 am

    The most secure and best solution is to put pressure on who ever you can to accept the Canadian deal which is better than buying silly tank and trucks.. What amazes me for a long time the excuse was no rain, but nothing was done to capture all that wasted rain water ..
    My take nobody really cares because they are doing what they like by just lying to the bajan public. anything can be put right in Barbados because we have a much higher base to start from than lots of countries in the world , politicians just don’t care as if they are there to destroy our island….

  10. Phil October 10, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Carson, I will not match wit nor intelligence with you. You are NOT prepared. Whom did you impose upon to send your messages to BT?

  11. Tony Waterman October 11, 2016 at 5:55 am

    @Carson C Cadogan!!!!IT is written right here in the Article “”Residents said they had notified the Barbados Water Authority of both situations.”””
    What about this don’t you understand ???

    @Carson cadogan!!!!I am wondering if these pipes were deliberately burst?

    This seems more than passing strange, Instead of calling the BWA to fix them the residents called the Photographers at Barbados Today to photograph them.

    MAn!!!!!! are you smoking something ???? look at the third photo (From Top) that break is because they have put that silly Blue Plastic pipe acros the Road from the Connection at the Main, and have installed it too closed to the surface, and it has flexed too much with the weight of Vehicles passing over it and broke.

    Please add to the Conversations, not take away from them.


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