Charnocks residents cry out for water waste

Residents of #1 Charnocks, Christ Church say they have been appealing to the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) for nearly three months now to fix a burst pipe in the area.

However, much to their dismay they say those appeals have simply fallen on deaf ears.

Worried that it is also a growing health hazard, resident Keith Speed, who has been living in the area for the past six years, said he had also complained to the health authorities about the water waste which he said could eventually provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Residents say this burst main has been left unattended for the past three weeks.
Residents say this burst main has been left unattended for the past three weeks.

“I guess they would come and fix it if they care,” said Speed, who is now at his wits end.

Another resident Gregory Lovell, who manages a garage from his home, also said he had contacted the BWA’s customer service department several times to no avail.

“The woman [customer service rep] tell me that the superintendent know already, so give them two days and that was three weeks ago,” he said before exclaiming: “That water was leaking so long!”

He also revealed that a BWA crew had visited the site on at least one occasion since the problem developed. However, he said there had been no follow up action since then.

“A truck came and looked at it and [the workers] said they are coming back, but they didn’t say when they are coming back,” he told Barbados TODAY.

Given the recent water shortages that have been plaguing residents, particularly in the north and east of the island and the slow response of the BWA the to leaking pipe in Charnocks, Lovell said, “They ain’t decent. They just ain’t decent”.

When contacted this evening the BWA’s Corporate Communications Specialist Joy Ann Haigh was on sick leave. However, she promised to have the matter investigated Friday. 

10 Responses to Charnocks residents cry out for water waste

  1. Alex Alleyne November 4, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Water wastage in Charnocks and down the street in Lodge Road don’t have a drop.

  2. Donild Trimp November 4, 2016 at 11:42 am

    What kind of mentality can exist in a country where a burst water main was reported for 3 months and nothing was done to fix the problem.

    This is madness. If this report is true, those people running the Barbados Water Authority should be fired forthwith.

  3. Hal Austin November 4, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    If this government cannot deal with a water shortage what then can they deal with. Barbados is in crisis.

  4. Observer November 4, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    The BWA need to replace all of the higher ups and replace them with people that want to do job,this guy in charge is a joker it seems like he don’t really give a damn,Bread & Water is the staff of life a message to you.

  5. Alex Alleyne November 4, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    “Food for thought”……Every body want to work until they get a job.
    Make matters worst , when they join a UNION.

  6. Coralita November 4, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Why didn’t the crew who went and look at the burst main not go back and fix it?

    Whoever dispatched them to that issue probably thought they had fixed it.

    Bajans need to be honest though. Government workers who are supposed to fix issues and debush and do other things in the community, we often see them at the sites just loathing about. They sit and talk, do minimal work and leave. An entire week I drove pass an area where these workers were cleaning and I could not tell the difference between day one and day five. Talk what yall like, I prefer to work with private people, the job gets done. When the private people are cleaning the highway you do not drive pass and see anyone sitting down licking their mouth. In a matter of a few hours the place clean and all the rubbish gone.

    I heard a pastor told a story of a road that was being fixed next to his house. He said, “every day these men would come and he could not see any progress after a couple of weeks. It bothered him and one day he went outside to them to find out why it was taking so long.” They let him know they have to drag out the work long because they do not know when the next project is going to come. So they being paid for a whole days’ work when they were only working for two hours at most per day. Where is the appraisal system??

    The government does get cuss for these loathers who have no pride nor industry, who have no integrity. A bunch of dishonest people. Too many government workers go to work when they like and do whatever they like and produce very little and then the union does want to shut down Barbados for them. I could never work in government.

    The place needs overhauling from top to bottom, inside out. I know it aint gine happen though so I moving on…….

  7. Harry November 4, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Barbados – gone to hell in a hand basket and not one Govt Minister gives a …………..

  8. Tony Waterman November 4, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    @Donild Trimp!!!Fired??? they will probably be getting a Xmas Bonus.

    @Hal Austin!!!Your guess is as godd as anyone elses.

    @Observer!!!If you hold your Breath on that one. i will be attending your Funeral.

    @Coralita!!!PROBABLY because they were told to go see what it is, Not go fix it.

    There is a clear case in Barbados for PRIVTISATION of these things, everyone seems to think that this is something Horrendous,and as long as that Mentality exists we will have these types of Occourences, if a private had to make their Fixing Water Pipes, there would be NO Leaks, but Public Sector workers will be Paid if the Fix them or let them run wild, so there is no hurry for them.

    PRIVTISATION works as long as the process is well thought out, and there are STRICT Protocols set to be followed, and are Strictly Monotored.

    The Health care System in Ontario uses Private Clinics for all types of Diagnostics etc, and they are Paid what the Healthcare system bears for those Services In House, NO MORE NO LESS.

  9. Aneta November 4, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I agree with all the above comments. Corlita you hit the nail right on the head. I made that statement years ago and was cussed for saying it. The government system/workers are poor poor poor.

  10. Loretta Griffith November 5, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Coralita I have said long time ago that these modern day politician and union have destroyed this Country.

    Until someone comes along who would revolutionize this country, Barbados will continue to go further and further down the drain. All the taxation and we are sinking deeper and deeper down the mire. It is time for government whether it be DLP or BLP to do what is in the interest of country and not be allegedly concentrating on lining some of these unscrupulous people pockets.
    There seems to be a get rich (like yesterday) scheme going on. This is not the country in which I grew up. I really cry for my country.
    My wish and hope is for men and women to come forward who will put COUNTRY FIRST.


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