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Water hope

BWA General Manager promises relief, as Prayer Warriors drop by BWA

Relief could soon be on the way for residents in water-starved parishes.

Acting General Manager John Mwanza reported today that an additional half a million gallons of water would soon become available to ease the plight of affected households.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY on the sidelines of a Pray Warriors session at the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) headquarters in the Pine, St Michael, Mwansa also disclosed that six new tankers were currently being prepared for deployment.

John Mwanza

John Mwanza

“The tankers are here. We are currently disinfecting them so that when we put them into use they will be sanitary, so we should be completing the sanitization by this weekend and then we will be ready to deploy them.  They are six additional tanks that have come and are ready to serve the public,” he said.

His statement comes exactly two weeks after Minister of Water Resource Dr David Estwick told reporters that eight new tankers had landed at the Bridgetown Port and would be immediately pressed into service, increasing the BWA’s fleet of tankers to 14.

Today, Mwanza did not give any explanation for the late commissioning of the new fleet or the apparent discrepancy in terms of the number of tankers that have been announced. However, he said the BWA was feverishly pursuing initiatives with a view to easing the plight of affected households.

“We are also working on commissioning the second bore hole at Sweet Vale, [Christ Church] and once that comes into play that should help us substantially because that will an additional half a million gallons into supply,” the BWA general manager said.

As for the Pray Warriors’ initiative, Mwansa said: “We welcome any support in addressing the issues of those suffering from the water outages, and if the Pray Warriors will help we welcome them and are very thankful for the initiative.”

Pray Warriors offering up prayers at the BWA before heading on the road.

Pray Warriors offering up prayers at the BWA before heading on the road.

The group, led by pastor Courtney Selman, assembled this morning at the BWA headquarters for prayer before heading out into some of the affected communities to distribute bottled water.

Selman said his group was earnestly praying for the island’s water problems to be speedily resolved and he called on all Barbadians to be good Samaritans in this time of need.

“It has to be a country effort going forward. It can no longer just be a community effort. We must put our efforts together because where there is unity there is strength,” Selman said before he and other members of his group moved off from the BWA just after 10 a.m. to distribute water to residents in St Thomas, St Andrew, St James and in St Peter.

In Vault Road, St Thomas, residents were grateful for the drinking water. In fact, one woman, who identified herself only as Jan, called it was “a God-send”.

“We haven’t had water in weeks. We see a tank every now and again but not often enough. They are focusing on St Joseph a lot, but like them forget about us up here in St Thomas, but this situation affecting we real bad too,” she complained.
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12 Responses to Water hope

  1. jrsmith October 22, 2016 at 6:15 am

    What a drama , a decade from now if bajans don’t try helping themselves by catching the rain and saving some water ,we are going to see the same t-shirts coming out. Bajans need to stop this stupidness , call out the government we are tax payers wasting our votes of corrupt useless politicians , this is what the politicians want the pray and god and Jesus brigade to engage the people taking the heat from them , they should be at the (Priminister’s) door…

    The God brigade ,why we are not getting any water are you all not praying hard enough , why if god is so good why blacks seems to be the only ones who is always suffering always struggling for everything..

    Eventually we are going to see no new reservoirs but hundreds of trucks ,who is benefitting by these trucks, but if there is no water why the trucks , this is just taking the (pee) are we all fools …..

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  2. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes October 22, 2016 at 7:16 am

    The relief should be in the form of pipes with water flowing consistently. Not tankers.

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  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce October 22, 2016 at 8:43 am

    The millions spent on the 50th Independent Celebrations should of been spent on replacing the deteriorated water pipes. This matter needs to be taken seriously. This water issue did not just appeared it have been neglected by government after government. Each government blamed the other, not educated enough to realise the problem is not going to go away, vanish, disappear it will get worse. Leave a sore on a foot to fester the medical team will not be passing the buck and blaming each other, the foot will be amputated to save the patients life.

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  4. Mac October 22, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Pray Warriors
    What a bunch..
    It is time that these black people start looking for real solutions to their problems and stop praying to god for help every time there is a problem. (either real or perceive.)

    The problems at BWA has nothing to do with god. It is the result of decades of poor management.
    You should instead be lighting a fire under the backsides of those in control. to see if you can get them up to do the jobs they are paid to do

    God helps those who help themselves.

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    • Sherlock Holmes. October 22, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      One should always be aware, no matter how trivial the words be very careful in mocking God…….either real or perceived? Hmmm God is not to be mocked and as simple as those utterances you have made seem to be they have been recorded and unless you are repentant of them you will answer for them,i do hope you have the time to consider your statements and be wise.

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  5. Alex Alleyne October 22, 2016 at 9:48 am

    As long as Bajans keep paying that water bill the BWA bosses will keep telling us what we want to hear. And we continue to suck it all in just like a sponge while our TAPS remain dry.
    When will we ever take a stand and make our power felt. Enough people out of water , so we have the numbers.

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  6. BoboTheClown October 22, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Does this mean that those People that continue to have Water woes can now look forward to tanker trucks instead of water pipes? It does seem as though the acting manager thinks this is something that the people of St.Joseph and St.Andrew ,and other Parishes that are having water problems should be rejoicing at.
    This short term stop gap does nothing for those long suffering folk. I guess in management’s mind this is something that should be celebrated. It is disgraceful actually. Some people need to loose jobs over this,but because Barbadians are so Politically correct they continue to be taken for granted because talk is cheap and that’s what many are doing rather than forcefully demanding that their water supply is restored even it it meant some civil disobedience. I.E. Marches and demonstrations that would show those in charge that “no ,we’ve had enough,and aren’t going to take the pussy footing any longer.” It appear that there is no hurry to fix the water woes for some folk,maybe because the Representatives of those constituencies don’t care about the people that elected them.
    I say let the vote do the talking next Election,as the vote is still more dangerous than any bullet.

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  7. Aneta October 22, 2016 at 11:58 am

    I have reached my worst end with the so called water problem. The people in st. James are having severe water challenges also. We don’t get notification, we don’t get tankers coming around. I have noted on my refrigerator every day my water is off. I will be the first not to pay my bill. Let the cut off a dry tap. Then I going to the fair trade commission and a good lawyer. We have to take a stance on this matter. DO NOT PAY FOR WHAT YOU AREALLY NOT GETTING. I WILL NOT

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  8. Jada Jameson
    Jada Jameson October 22, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Called Barbados water authority Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, yesterday it shown up but not for us, to full a man tank, he paid for his tank to be full, once I see how those workers was acting I take my one bucket and leave. This is the second time I called for days and those workers only come to fill his tank. They remember hours later to full the others buckets.

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  9. Alex Alleyne October 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    @Aneta, Been saying it for sometime now, Why don’t the people get the services of the lawyer (DC) that always willing to take action against this government to take their case to the Law court. Stop paying BWA, it is not right for people to be running up and down with buckets and bottles behind a water truck.

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  10. John Everatt October 23, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Well we now have no water in Hastings on the south coast. We are hoping to the the Quick Response Team here soon to fix the problem.

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