Horse Hill gets first community water tank

Exactly one week after Minister of Water Resources

Dr David Estwick  that a rapid response mechanism would be in place “ within a matter of a few days” to address water outages in some rural parishes, workmen of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) today installed a community water tank at Horse Hill, St Joseph.

The community water tank at Horse Hill, St Joseph.
The community water tank at Horse Hill, St Joseph.

Dr David Estwick told reporters at a news briefing at the offices of the Ministry of Agriculture last week that several community storage tanks would be located in a number of parishes to allow for quick access to water supplies.

“The immediate response mechanism is in fact a system that will be put in place which is a fast track system to outages any part of the country. We plan to execute this system by introducing within the catchment area that is being serviced by a particular reservoir a series of community storage tanks into that area. These community storage tanks will be placed at particular locations within that community. The tanks will be refilled and refilled again by the various water tanks coming into the area,” Dr Estwick explained at the time.

In an interview with Barbados TODAY acting General Manager of the BWA Dr John Mwansa confirmed that the first community water tank was installed today at Horse Hill, St Joseph.

“The community water tanks can hold 2 000 gallons of potable water. We have three more to be installed this week in St Joseph and Boscobel, St Peter. There are three faucets attached to the tanks that residents can use. The idea is that the residents of Horse Hill will have access to the tank,” Dr Mwansa said.

Addressing the issue of security for the community water tanks Dr Mwansa gave residents the assurance that the BWA has secured the top of the tank so that access would not be straight forward, but warned that “you can never say that no one would try to gain access to the water.”

Over the past several months residents in Boscobel, St Peter; St Joseph and St Andrew have been experiencing frequent water outages as Barbados continued to suffer one of its longest droughts in recent times.

During last Monday’s press briefing, Dr Mwansa told reporters that in some cases reservoirs were showing a 50 per cent drop in the water level, while in other cases the drop recorded was in the region of 30 to 40 per cent.

Last weekend, meteorologists reported that during last month, Barbados experienced a 50 per cent decline in precipitation.

The water tanks are seen as a temporary measure to deal with the vexing water outages,. The Minister of Water Resources said at last week’s briefing that even though the provision of these community storage tanks could address the immediate challenges that residents faced, he believed the answer to the country’s water problems lay in the construction of desalination plants.

“Going forward I can see no long term solution given that there is a further risk to continuing reduction in precipitation overtime as a result of climate change impact. The final solution to this problem may very well be desalination. We have engaged one or two private sector interests to start looking at the specifications for salt water desalination plants appropriately placed to look at resolving these issues.”

However, he warned that it would be another two to three years before the island’s water supply is augmented through the use of sea water desalination plants.

17 Responses to Horse Hill gets first community water tank

  1. Jamar Jones
    Jamar Jones October 13, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Looks kinda small

  2. Dexter Squires
    Dexter Squires October 13, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Build a wall around it

  3. Beverley Greaves
    Beverley Greaves October 13, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    This govt took us Back to a more sophisticated standpipe

  4. Coloured Man
    Coloured Man October 13, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    West school need them tried of seeing that school close three days a week out 5

  5. Lloyd Lewis
    Lloyd Lewis October 13, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I cant believe those are the water tanks the BWA talking about!!! is it only me that when l heard water tank I picture a big tank in the air with a pipe connect to the main that when no water is in the pipe it will start to flow that the people will get water !!! come on BWA this is the 21 centry

  6. Beverley Greaves
    Beverley Greaves October 13, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    The next thing is smut lamps and wood this is a disgrace! Look where these people brought us to-this also means that people will have to return to the outhouses, cuz there is no way, this set up can satisfy water toilets. Barbados gone back 40 years under the DLP government, and I am to believe that Bajans are content with this?

  7. Tony Webster October 13, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    As the tank has not been elevated three or so feet above ground level, the last 200 or so gallons of water will not be able to flow out of the taps pictured…unless the minister has changed the laws of gravity.

    • Sue Donym October 17, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      @Tony Webster I noticed the difference between the level of the bottom and the height of the faucet and wondered how they would coax that water up. Your suggestion is so outrageous, it’s probably true!

      But serious health and security concerns, though.

  8. Sanderson Rowe October 13, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Even with four tanks, still a long walk for many. i.e residents of Blackmans Tenantry ,and down in the Spa Hill.

  9. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair October 13, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Some gun toting bandit will have that shout out in no time…

  10. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair October 13, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    This is shameful to say the least. This will become their permanent water delivery system. Why is it this water shortage is only in the poor areas of the island?

  11. Donna October 13, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    You have got to be kidding me! This is the solution? Not even as good as a standpipe because that at least had unlimited water. This tank looks like the one I bought for myself!

  12. jrsmith October 14, 2015 at 6:20 am

    This disgraceful attempt, just shows our politicians is way in over they heads. this is 50 years ago, this means ,nothing else is going to be done, this tank would be there a year from now.

    Tanks ,as like fort George should be install, at strategic points around the island, resilience is the order of the day, technology makes finding sources of water very easy, we are so backward with both management and logical technology, our politicians need to stop the poor excuses and behaviour.

  13. jrsmith October 14, 2015 at 6:22 am



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