Dutch water

Trial shipment due from Suriname in time for Independence

As Government struggles to ease the water woes of consumers in the north and east of the country, the Freundel Stuart administration might be turning to Suriname for help, with a trial shipment expected here around independence.

The Surinamese company Amazone Resources (AR) is said to be preparing to ship two million litres of surface water to Barbados in a flextank, the result of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in April 2015 with the Barbados Government.

Chief Executive Officer Auke Piek said the shipment was scheduled to leave the South American nation around November 25, although the state-owned Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) this evening quoted Chairman of the Barbados Water Authority Dr Atlee Brathwaite as saying the water was already on its way here.

Dr Atlee Brathwaite
Dr Atlee Brathwaite

A story in the Trinidad press Thursday quoted the Piek as saying during a press conference on the sidelines of the 2016 Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) Conference and Exhibition in Port-of-Spain, that the precious commodity would arrive here in under a week after the vessel leaves the Dutch-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

“We would like to have the launch of the flexbag on November 21 or 22, and after that it will be sent to Barbados with [drinkable] surface water from the rivers. The journey should take four to five days, using a tugboat to pull the floating flexbag/flextank . . . .We will test, through our trial, how does the water behave during transportation,” Piek was reported to have said.

He said an independent firm had tested the water at various sources in Suriname, including the Suriname River and the Coppename River.

The Surinamese company boss assured that the bags would be equipped with satellite navigation systems for tracking purposes, as well as for constant monitoring of the water quality en route to Barbados.

Minister of Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick told Barbados TODAY this evening there was not a done deal with the company to supply water, but investigations were being carried out to determine the feasibility of the arrangement.

Dr David Estwick
Dr David Estwick

“I don’t know about that. We are just evaluating a process for a technical feasibility. There have been no arrangements or no agreements established as far as I am aware on that process. It is just an exploratory investigation to make sure the technical feasibility is there,” the minister said.

He insisted that barging water was nothing new, and that it was being done between islands of the Bahamas, as well as elsewhere in the Caribbean and other places that experience severe drought.

The minister added that it emerged at the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Management meeting that the current drought could continue and could get worse.

“So we are looking at mitigating measures until we can get the two permanent desal [desalination] plants constructed. As I said before, the first desal plant is six million gallons, the contract has been signed and we hope to have the second one signed shortly, but the construction phase could take up to 18 months. So if it is that we are going to have a continuing issue with drought, it means that I will have to put contingency measures in place . . . so we have been evaluating that process,” Estwick stressed.

This notwithstanding, Piek has hinted at further shipments if the experiment is successful, stating that under the terms of the MOU, AR would “organize the first test trial with fresh Suriname water and from there we will grow our business model”.

“At this moment, all options are open. We can leave the flextank offshore of Barbados as a storage tank because it is our plan not only to have one bag, but maybe 400 or 600 bags in the future. So we can use the bags as a storage facility . . . . It just needs enough space to be connected to the floating buoy systems,” he was quoted as saying.

Suriname’s Minister of Natural Resources Regilio J Dodson, who also attended the conference on Tuesday, said his government’s role was to facilitate government-to-government arrangements, following which AR could enter into supply arrangements with state or private entities.

CBC also reported Thursday night that the water would be tested when it arrives here and if it is found to be fit, it will be used in agriculture, but not for consumption.

10 Responses to Dutch water

  1. J. Payne October 28, 2016 at 3:19 am

    WOW. At this rate, just now we might see “Feed The Children” infomercials in Barbados wid people in the back begging for water. Country falling fast.

  2. jrsmith October 28, 2016 at 5:18 am

    This idea is so sick , the world is now looking at us as fools.. this man Estwick he is the biggest let down ,
    As i said before our politicians have no shame , we had the idea of trucks being sold, now you can buy a tank of water , now we are going to get water for across the sea …

    So when i am coming to Barbados from London I will hire a container fill it with barrels of water…

  3. jrsmith October 28, 2016 at 5:23 am

    What a bunch of idiots , the water is coming , its on its way, the deal isn’t done at this moment all options are open……

    • Donild Trimp October 28, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      Banana Republic, jr.

      The Bajan Politicians are jokers plain and simple.

  4. Adrian Loveridge October 28, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Does this article have ANY credibility? ‘2,000 million litres’ of water or roughly 2,000 cubic metre’s which at commercial retail rates ($4.66 per cubic metre) would amount to a cost of BDS$9,320. What are the economics of shipping $9,000 of water that still has to be treated?

  5. Lennox hewitt October 28, 2016 at 7:50 am

    I pickup Smith it’s not a done deal but it’s on it’s way only people that has no sence wunt pickup if water or anything on it’s way the deal done sign this water good doe ..

  6. Lennox hewitt October 28, 2016 at 8:01 am

    I read gere it it fit wiuld use for Agricuture purposes lol if it unfit what then ? I no sell to de car washers cause goverment buy water dtill in sure if it can use for agriculture pay millions for it now in sure if it fit de problem is when pipes burst water works take weeks to come i no what i talking bout it happen that a pipe burst dum take weeks or month to come now when water works come one further up de road did burst long 2 i tell de plummers one up de road no what he tell me call it in i did not call if de worker n call i not calling nidda that one take a few more weeks to fix but still want to lock up men for washing cars with hose when water works doing samething 2.

  7. Lennox hewitt October 28, 2016 at 8:02 am

    I see pipe burst till de place water run turn mossy .

  8. Mac October 28, 2016 at 8:46 am

    The Surinamese company Amazone Resources (AR) is said to be preparing to ship two million litres of surface water to Barbados in a flextank, the result of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) SIGNED IN APRIL 2015.

    Garbage trucks in the port. Garbage piled up, then waste haulers come to SSA rescue.

    MOU SIGNED 2015. Water woes now importing water.
    What is the total cost of bringing this water from Suriname.

    Any more signed MOUs that we should know about

  9. Phil October 28, 2016 at 8:47 am

    I look at things differently. Dr. Eswick is blatantly challenging Fruendy to either dismiss him or reshuffle the ministers, moving him ton another ministry. Something which Fruendy does NOT have yhe testicles nor guts to do. The knights controls him. On the other hand, Fruendy cannot see that he is being challenged or is too mentally shallow to understand anything. According to Estwick who is an intelligent, qualified and clever man has already according to this extra long Barbados Today report which I think could have been done in not more than 6 short paragraphs, said that it was not a done deal. Question. Is it a smoke screen? How safe is this water? Where will it be stored in Barbados? How much will be the final cost? Will Barbados suffer another tax penalty for this by Sinkler? Suppose. Just suppose some terrorist put in cyanide or some other life threatening substsnce to this flexible water container? Lots of people and children die. Who will take the blame? Is this yet another announcement after decisions were already taken? I can ask 500 more questions. But answer these questions first please. Bobo where are you? Where are the other DLP Ministers?


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