More water, more money

BWA general manger says consumers will have to help pay bill

A hike in water rates is in the pipeline.

Exactly when Barbadians will feel it in their pockets is uncertain, but acting general manager of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) Dr John Mwansa has assured the country that the hike will come.

Speaking at a town hall-style meeting the Grantley Adams Memorial School auditorium which the BWA hosted for frustrated St Joseph residents who’ve been experiencing major water woes – ranging from irregular water supply to no for more than half of last month – he warned that as current resources dwindle, the authority will have to spend more money to supply fresh water.

Add climate change to the mix – which will increase the demand for water – and the BWA will have to invest more in desalination and generate recycled waste water and consumers will have to help pay that bill.

“Based on our current ground water resources, we cannot take too much more out of the ground than what we are taking now,” Mwansa cautioned.

“The current water rates cannot meet the requirements for all the expansion work that the Water Authority has to put in, so when we start putting in these additional works we can expect that at some point we will also have to adjust our tariffs in order for us to be able to pay back those loans.”

The BWA official explained that there were very limited options at this point to increase water supply in Barbados.

“One option is desalination . . . .The only problem is it will cost us more and we all have to pay for it. The other source of water that we have is basically from our sewage treatment plants,” he said, adding that because of Barbadians’ queasiness about drinking purified wastewater that could be used             in irrigation and on some of the island’s golf courses.

But again, he stressed, the innovations needed to meet the anticipated water demands have a cost attached.

Explaining how climate change would affect water costs, Mwansa said climate change created more frequent droughts, which led to increase in temperature and hence, more demand for water.

“We will all want to drink more water, we may want  to bathe more frequently, which will increase the water. The irrigation of crops would require more water. So all those factors have to be put into the solution we are looking to implement,” he said.

The BWA official also admitted that Barbadians are paying for air coming out of their taps since the existing metres register air in their readings.

He said, however, that would be eliminated once the BWA installs new metres.

“The new set of metres that we are looking to install only register water flow and do not pick up any air. So the issue of whether the meter registers air or not is one of the problems we are going to be addressing with a replacement of the metres,” Mwansa assured.

 

 

5 Responses to More water, more money

  1. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua May 10, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    “A hike in water rates”….Ya know what..those at the BWA who are thinking about this ….needs to go take a bath…you people must be sick in wanna heads…instead of trying to wash away us with all this crap …..try fixing all the bust pipes on time…charge the cruise liners more..collect all the monies owes by the big hotel and business all over Barbados and leave the poor paying public alone..expecially those who cant get a drop of water on a daily basics..wanna want praying for..stupessss

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  2. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua May 10, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    “A hike in water rates”….Ya know what..those at the BWA who are thinking about this ….needs to go take a bath…you people must be sick in wanna heads…instead of trying to wash away us with all this crap …..try fixing all the bust pipes on time…charge the cruise liners more..collect all the monies owes by the big hotel and business all over Barbados and leave the poor paying public alone..expecially those who cant get a drop of water on a daily basics..wanna want praying for..stupessss

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  3. Cisco Wolf
    Cisco Wolf May 10, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    “I sense from my interaction with a wide cross section of people in this country, that there is general agreement with the
    principle of an increase in rates. But, the public also wants an improvement in product and service. They want to see a more
    user-friendly BWA. They want to see a more responsive BWA. They want to see a practical and commonsense BWA. – http://www.gisbarbados.gov.bb/plugins/p2_news/printarticle.php?p2_articleid=1955

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  4. Cisco Wolf
    Cisco Wolf May 10, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    “I sense from my interaction with a wide cross section of people in this country, that there is general agreement with the
    principle of an increase in rates. But, the public also wants an improvement in product and service. They want to see a more
    user-friendly BWA. They want to see a more responsive BWA. They want to see a practical and commonsense BWA. – http://www.gisbarbados.gov.bb/plugins/p2_news/printarticle.php?p2_articleid=1955

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  5. Matie Siew
    Matie Siew May 10, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Everything change we soon got to light candles and get water from the sea the rate Barbados going so much ppl out of work …..

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