Relief on the way, says BWA
The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) says water was being restored slowly but surely to dozens of communities affected after a 15-inch water main leading to Grand View Reservoir in Grand View, St Michael, ruptured early yesterday morning.
The main, which is located behind the Springer Memorial School was shut down as the BWA’s crews worked feverishly on the site.
Communities in Government Hill, Belmont Road, Tweedside Road, Bridgetown, Belleville, Harts Gap, St Matthias, Beckles Road, Rendezvous, and sections of the south coast and others were affected.
Speaking on radio this afternoon the BWA’s Corporate Communication Specialist Joy-ann Haigh said the mains have been repaired and services will return to normal throughout the course of the day.
“We can’t give an exact time, because the system does need time to fill back up and then go through hundreds of mains to get to your home,” she explained.
Haigh also acknowledged water outages in the north of the island including Mount Brevitor in St Peter, Apes Hill, St James and Hillaby, St Andrew. She assured that water tankers would be dispatched to the area.
“To the people in the north, tankers have been dispatched to Mount Brevitor and Apes Hill. The water tanks at Hillaby will also be filled.”
Haigh also disclosed that some residents in St Joseph should get some relief today now that the borehole at Sweetvale had been commissioned.
“We do understand that some persons in St Joseph right now are getting some water. Today we [BWA] are going into the various districts to see who will be getting water and who is still out, “ she assured.