On again, off again

Group of St Lucy residents complain of water woes

Some residents of Mount Gay, St Lucy are singing the blues.

It’s four days and counting, that they’ve been without a consistent supply of water through their taps.

With the water situation as it is, this resident has been making regular trips to the standpipe.
With the water situation as it is, this resident has been making regular trips to the standpipe.
Today this little  one was busy assisting his mother with fetching water.
Today this little one was busy assisting his mother with fetching water.

A mature resident, who wished not to be identified, recalled that her water initially went off on Saturday morning. “. . . It came back on Sunday . . . for like the whole day,” she said.  However, by Monday morning, “dry taps again”.

Today, water only came on for about an hour, she said.

She admitted to recently starting to store water, due to grass fires around.  “Lucky for me two weeks . . . I have about eight or nine buckets,” she said, adding that they were constantly refilled as they got empty.

Though water tankers were coming around, one mature lady said, “the tanker came last night, around minutes to ten o’clock”.

She believes the tank should come earlier in the evenings, “not around times people are asleep”.

However, these tankers were not the only water source being utilized. The reliable standpipes were back in action.

The recent water outages have caused great inconvenience for residents.
The recent water outages have caused great inconvenience for residents.

A Barbados TODAY team met Gregory Sobers at the standpipe, fetching water for his cows. He said from early Friday morning, he realized that the water was running slow.

Soon after, he said he learnt that the “water was off”, after calling his dad.

Sobers said: “Since the crop was in, it would go off regular.”  He did admit that the water “. . . would come back on at nights, so you can get a bath on mornings.”

Source: (RT/RB)

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