BWA clarifies water importation from Suriname

The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) today revealed that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Suriname company Amazone Resources (AR), which is preparing to ship two million litres of surface water next month.

In a statement clarifying reports about the arrangement, the BWA however insisted that it had not reached any agreement with the company to actually deliver water to Barbados.

Last Thursday, an article published by the Trinidad Newsday paper claimed the deal was reached with the Barbados Government since April 2015 but the BWA explained that it was the authority and not the Freundel Stuart administration that had signed the agreement earlier this month.

According to the BWA, Amazone Resources approached the authority in 2014 to participate and collaborate in investigating the feasibility of transporting freshwater from Suriname by barges that were designed in Holland and constructed in Spain to be tested.

The BWA said the MOU was only signed in October after “a prototype flex tank was deemed ready for delivery to Suriname from Spain, to barge a container of water to Barbados to test its viability.”

The BWA said the barge is expected to leave Suriname on November 22 and arrive in Barbados on November 25, 2016.

“However, it was agreed that due to a lack of existing infrastructure in Barbados for the receipt of the water, storage and pumping and the need to establish the necessary water quality standards and importation control measures, the water in the barge would not be offloaded.”

The BWA stressed that the “shipment mentioned in the Amazone Resources (AR) press release is therefore only a test run to inform future decisions relative to cost, water quality monitoring and acceptance protocols, appropriate uses of the water and design and construction of appropriate receiving and pumping infrastructure. Cost and risk assessment comparisons with the other augmentation options would also have to be done before a final decision is made”.

The BWA statement further explained that the importation of water was part of options being explored to ensure the long-term sustainability of the country’s supply.

It said this was nothing new, pointing out that following the 1997 water resources study, the authority had considered the option of importing water from Dominica “ but this was found to be more expensive than desalinated water. However this option was still deemed feasible and left open to future reviews.”

It said that two other options were being considered including desalination and treated wastewater reuse.

The BWA revealed that it had “signed a contract for the construction of one 30,000 cubic meters/day (6 million gallons a day (MGD) sea water desalination and is in advanced discussions for a second desalination plant of similar capacity as well as an expansion of the existing Ionics Desalination plant. These plants will take at least 12 months to commission. “

With respect to treated wastewater reuse the BWA said this was still under review.

“To date, a Draft Water Reuse Act and Water Reuse Concept Plan have been completed and work is ongoing in developing appropriate plumbing codes,” the statement said.

16 Responses to BWA clarifies water importation from Suriname

  1. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles October 30, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Instead of these stinking people actually do work and fix burst pipes, replace the ancient, pipes and maybe just maybe design a working system to catch all the blasted water that goes back to the sea when the coasts flood they decide to waste money on importing stink ass water from Suriname of all places and claiming it’s a test. The Wildey Triangle was just a test as well and look what happened there. Next thing you’ll hear they changed to bringing it from the Demerara River in Guyana. These people are just trying to kill us off smartly

  2. harry turnover October 30, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    These people sending TWO MILLION LITRES of surface water all the way up from the rivers in Suriname to see if it gine spoil when it reaches here ?….TWO MILLION LITRES ? who gine pay for that water if it is not going to be off loaded.
    As far as I know REAL WATER doan spoil….why not send a carton of the same RIVER water to see its VIABILITY.
    Something looks fishy here…de water had in fish or wha ??

  3. Dan Vaughn
    Dan Vaughn October 30, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Too much clarification .They say u have to make too much explanations when u r guilty

  4. Big Brown October 30, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Wait this ain’t the same BWA and the same Minister that say don’t know nothing bout any Surinamese water jus a few days ago? Why the lies all the time. They do not inspire confidence even if this is a viable and safe operation.

  5. Sean Chandler
    Sean Chandler October 30, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Clear as mud – like the water in the pipes

  6. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan October 30, 2016 at 11:34 pm


  7. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan October 30, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    For if the Surinamese people are drinking bottled water, let the jackmule that thinks we should be using their river water, step forward and be recognised. Damn Goat!!!

  8. Brien King
    Brien King October 31, 2016 at 1:28 am

    I believe a desalination plant for the purpose of agriculture as this water is intended to be used for, would have been far cheaper to get than to bring water from a country so far away and for what? When we are surrounded by water already and we have technology to change it for our use, this appears to be a waste of foreign exchange to me. In a day and age where the country should save, the country spending more in what I deem as a nonsensical way. It is no wonder the country is in so much dept, instead of this country invest in a new hospital with immediate effect, the country is tossing the needed foreign exchange to the wind, madness.

  9. Sunshine Sunny Shine October 31, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Tell lies once, expect more lies to follow thereafter. Can never get dem to tell the truth even when they know the lies are out.

  10. greengiant October 31, 2016 at 6:22 am

    The real culprits here may be a company who have a joint agreement with innotec to work for the B W A.

    These people have some hidden contractual agreements with the B W A and it may be a noose around the people’s necks similar to the one the previous government signed with Ionics Fresh Water to supply water too. So we are really in a mess here because with all honesty, both political administrations have us swimming in a watery grave. So Barbadians need to stop thinking party and government. Start thinking politicians because the ones who desperately want to govern see the opportunity as their hiway to riches. What we need to do is demand legislative changes.

  11. Lee Farnum-Badley October 31, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Your readers are suffering serious paranoia: Cruise ships take on water in Barbados . . . they don’t visit Suriname. Barbados can earn a margin of profit by importing water economically and reselling it, and so also ensure that the cruise industry will not abandon Barbados because of its water scarcity !! Have a glass of water and stay calm Barbados.

  12. Jason Greenidge
    Jason Greenidge October 31, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Water is life and if we dont have enuff water in Barbados, should the population just stay here and die?… Most Bajans stupid.. bring the water do.. save Barbados from thus drought.. if wonna aint want none, give me wonna one so my family can live

    • Brien King
      Brien King October 31, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      You have my permission to have all of it that would possibly come my way, unlike the rest of folks here, I will adapt.

  13. Hal Austin October 31, 2016 at 8:51 am

    How can Barbados be even thinking of importing water without declaring a national emergency? Is it anything to do with the tourism industry?

  14. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed October 31, 2016 at 9:27 am

    We got millions of gallons of water flowing through the forest for years here St. Joseph and i sure other natural springs are all across Barbados……same way wunna gine ship water wunna can come and tap in to our own natural sources…….

  15. Rosalind Eastmond
    Rosalind Eastmond October 31, 2016 at 11:31 am

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