More water outages in St Lucy Thursday

Residents and businesses in the water-starved north of the island are being warned to brace for even further disruptions Thursday.

The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) Wednesday announced that its Alleynedale pumping station in St Lucy would shut down for six hours starting at ten tomorrow morning, leaving over a dozen communities without water or with low water pressure.

The areas to be impacted include Sherman’s, Half Moon Fort, Colleton Gardens, Checker Hall, Maycocks, Bourbon, Barrows and Friendly Hall.

The water supply to Crab Hill, Husbands, Trents, Nestfield, Bromefield, Harrows, Archer’s, Retreat, Hope and surrounding districts will also be disrupted.

“Residents and businesses in these areas are asked to store an adequate amount of water for the duration of the shut-down,” the BWA said in a release Wednesday.

The waterworks company said the shutdown was part of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Water Sanitation Systems Upgrade Project.

Government secured a US$53 million loan from the IDB in 2011 to improve water resources management here and to provide sustainable water and wastewater service by the BWA, the bank had said.

It said then that the project would support Government’s efforts to modernize the institutional setting of the water and sanitation sector; improve water production infrastructure and the efficiency of the operations of the BWA by reducing unaccounted-for-water and implementing adequate cost recovery mechanism; and prepare a wastewater treatment action plan.

Only last week, Minister of Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick announced new short-term emergency measures to bring relief to households in the affected parishes.

The measures included the establishment of a Rapid Response Unit within the company and the commissioning of new water tankers to supplement the existing fleet.

The plans, he said, were part of a revamped management structure refocusing on customer service, timely interventions, communication and engagement with the public.

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