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.
“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.
“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.