Six weeks and counting

St Peter residents at their wits’ end

Six straight weeks!

That’s how long residents in an area known as Gay’s in St Peter say they have now been without running water flowing through their taps. And to make matters worse, outspoken resident Gayle Edwards reported today that a Barbados Water Authority (BWA) tanker, which rode into their area this past weekend, delivered anything but the desired relief, leaving them totally frustrated.

“The tanker came Saturday and the water has in what looks like sand. It looks like raw water, like it didn’t pass through anything before he gave it to us.

The water which Edwards says contains sand.
The water which Edwards says contains sand.

“I don’t know where he [BWA worker] get it from, but it looks like it came straight out the sea,” Edwards told Barbados TODAY.

While insisting that the water they got was not fit for consumption, she complained about “having to drive up and down looking for water”.

“This is pure frustration. Total madness. I don’t know what to do anymore, but I can’t deal with it much longer,” she said, adding that the situation was not only taking a toll on her mentally, but physically and financially as well.

Gayle Edwards
Gayle Edwards

“This is inconveniencing people big time. People are out of water for one day and complaining. We have been out for six straight weeks. Can’t be living like this with children in the house,” she vented.

Edwards also said her supermarket bill had gone up as a result of having to be buying wipes and spray all the time. “Things that we don’t budget for so often, but we have to get them.

“Those wipes would usually last me a long time, now they aren’t even lasting a week,” she lamented, adding that while she and her neighbours have been doing their utmost to prevent their children from getting sick,  “it still happening”.

She pointed out that it was “six weeks we didn’t have running water and people don’t seem to notice.

“I call us the forgotten village,” Edwards said.

It was out of desperation that she reached out to the Water Warriors group on social media this weekend in the hope that they could deliver some relief supplies to her area in the same way that they have been doing in other water-starved communities across Barbados.

“I messaged D2 [David Davis of the Water Warriors] personally and I told him we need some drinking water down here. On Sunday they came down and they themselves didn’t realize it was so bad in the area.”

Edwards said a doctor, who was a member of the Water Warriors distribution team, also took away some of the BWA water to have it tested and had urged residents not to drink any of it.

“I showed the water to the people that came. . . . The tank has drinking water only, but you can’t drink that water,” she said.

She noted that the island was this year marking its 50th anniversary of independence but said she had nothing to celebrate.

“I’m not celebrating any 50th anniversary. I would be thankful for the years that passed but I’m not celebrating anything right now. We have nothing to celebrate.

“Correct the BWA,” she told Government, adding, “If you are going to put millions of dollars into a celebration, fix the things to make the people happy.”

Today, Opposition Barbados Labour Party candidate for St Peter Colin Jordan said he had spoken to Edwards and other members of her family directly and the situation was cause for some concern.

13 Responses to Six weeks and counting

  1. Sue Donym October 25, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Ever heard the saying that somebody is p**ing on your back and telling you it’s raining? Six weeks?
    Dignitaries have been invited for the fiftieth and we know they won’t be offered water that looked like that to drink. Wouldn’t ministers be ripping tin if something like that arrived at their homes?
    For all the talk about ministers not making the rain and can’t control the water, they well know when to preside over details and micromanage.

    Oh, the irony when they come calling in a matter of months and try to persuade people of what they will be able to do then.

  2. harry turnover October 25, 2016 at 7:29 am

    …and the pit bull walking bout meking mock sport at BABIES,CHILDREN and ADULTS saying he DOAN MEK RAIN as though man does mek rain.
    Estwick people does mek WATER TANKERS…instead of wunna spending $50 million on Independence celebrations tek out $20 million and get some tankers wid CLEAN water for dem people.
    Water is an EVERYDAY thing man…wunna think people like ” sponging off ” before and after wuk ?
    Even DEM yardfowls are being affected,walking bout smelling funky but as true yardfowls DEM in saying nutten ,walking bout blaming the BLP as though it was the BLP that broke ties with those that could have help the situation since 1966.

  3. Phil October 25, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Sue Donym …. Have you ever heard of golden showers? or even squirting? oh, you ain’t that Kinky. More information available from Trump. He If he win he gine golden shower and sheet all Americans, Latinos, Blacks and Muslims…LOL

    • Sue Donym October 25, 2016 at 9:43 am

      @Phil, I once heard the term golden shower used in connection with a facility at Silver Sands. From the stories told, we can’t hope for much luck with the solid, liquid or gas handling capabilities from our home grown Chumps.

      • Phil October 25, 2016 at 1:55 pm

        It’s a beautiful warm feeling.

  4. Helicopter(8p) October 25, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Now lets see how Caribbean integration is working for Barbados since we were the ones to be the standard bearers of the idea. I don’t know how the fresh water supply is on specified Islands across the diaspora, I’d have to do some research! If we are so badly off with potable water then can we have tanker rigged vessels supply water from sister states who have a plentiful fresh water supply? I know Mr Granger might be aware of the problem! Has Mr Granger suggested any relief ideas?

  5. jrsmith October 25, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Barbados is now becoming as like most countries on the continent (Africa)… As I said before which is more destructive , the guns or the politicians……..

  6. Loretta Griffith October 25, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Based on some of these complaints it makes me wonder if there is not an element of SABOTAGE somewhere . If it is, who are they hurting ? Innocent people who has no control over what is happening in the country.
    Remember the person we pass on the way up, we may very well meet on the way down.
    Why should a tanker be dispensing water with sand?

  7. Loretta Griffith October 25, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Why should a tanker be allegedly be dispensing drinking water not fit for human consumption?

  8. Phil October 25, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Why would a PM bypass his Culture minister and the unelected senior official who is heading the official 50th anniversary independence celebration to announce Ri Ri who has NEVER sang a Barbados original sony , Has NEVER sang a song she wrote, NEVER sang a song without back-up singers, because she cannot hold a note in key , Dances like Mother Sally in slow Motiuon, Expose her breast and crotch in her music videos , awarded Ambassador of Youth in Barbados, to call a press conference. to say she will sing the National Anthem?

    • Coralita October 25, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Phil please tell us what your constant criticisms of Ri Ri are supposed to accomplish.

      Ri Ri didn’t sign a contract with anyone in Barbados to propel her career. She’s doing pretty darn well for someone who “CANNOT HOLD A NOTE IN KEY”. She is putting out HIT after HIT after HIT and winning AWARD after AWARD after AWARD. She models, she has fragrances, she is the face of PUMA, she has a big charity and the list goes on.

      Ri Ri don’t give a rats tail about her critics/haters. Wait!!! She is a cawmerian so I guess her motto is UP AND ON. LOLOLOL

      What is the significance of Ri Ri to this article? You want her to donate some of her millions to fix the issue?

      • Phil October 25, 2016 at 6:27 pm

        She’s a lovely gal. I love her crotch exposures. succulent tits. Hope she gets more awards. Her soft p[orn vids are marvelous. She would have done great if Jim Hansen of the moppet Show was still alive. Tell me Have you ever seen her dance? Heard she’s doing a gig on Discovery Kids and the Disney channel.. I love her. I know the family well Her mom who is fab looking used to work with the other gals in the cosmetics and perfume dept. at Knights on Broad Street. I have nothing against her. I just call a spade a spade. dat is all , dat is all, dat is all…..

        • Coralita October 25, 2016 at 9:54 pm

          Phil man you iza pervert, succulent tits!!! Somebody restrain Phil!!! lolol


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