Waive water bills – Marshall

Member of Parliament for St Joseph Dale Marshall wants the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) to cancel its bills to residents in water-scarce parishes for a few months, to ease consumers’ suffering.

He contended that the gesture would help change the people’s perception of the state-owned water company, which has been the subject of their wrath due to the long running water outages.

Marshall made the suggestion this week at a town hall meeting at St Bernard’s Primary School in Lammings, St Joseph where residents of the parish and neighbouring districts had gathered to vent to a Barbados Labour Party team, their frustration at the water shortages.

“In parts of Barbados people are being allowed to waste what we need and what we can’t get,” he said, a reference to cases where water was allowed to run from broken mains for lengthy periods in some parishes.

“The Water Authority not only owes all of you an apology, I believe they also owe you some money.

“When you apply for water, you enter into a contract with the Water Authority . . . If you contract to provide me with water and you do not provide me with water, then you should compensate me for that,” the former Attorney General argued.

Marshall claimed that some people attending the meeting had showed him current water bills for over $100, “and they swore to me that they cannot tell you that they get three buckets of water” for the period for which they were billed.

“The Barbados Water Authority . . .  should be telling the people in this constituency who are affected, ‘we understand your suffering and as a gesture of how seriously we take our responsibility as a Water Authority, we’re going to waive two or three months water bill’.

“That’s a start. That’s not going to solve the problem, but if you felt that the Water Authority was showing some sympathy [and] empathy, at least it would soften your heart against them, and I feel they have an obligation to do these things for the people,” the St Joseph MP said. (GA)

12 Responses to Waive water bills – Marshall

  1. Peachesnaddy Brown
    Peachesnaddy Brown January 8, 2016 at 5:46 am

    True talk sir

  2. jrsmith January 8, 2016 at 6:55 am

    This man is a joker, why you would be paying for water ,you not using, he is part of the useless government, he is a politician ,covering his own ass… The people are being treated like fools,
    HIS IDEA, THE GESTURE ,WOULD CHANGE PEOPLE PERCEPTION OF THE BADLY MANAGE WATER AUTHORITY , TAKING THE HEAT OFF THE WANKERS, MANAGING… The management of the Barbados Water Authority, ,have no idea , technical or others as to be in charge of such an essential service in Barbados…

  3. Observer January 8, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Atleast he trying to do about it give the man a break please

  4. Amber Blackman
    Amber Blackman January 8, 2016 at 10:44 am

    I agree ..I does barely get water

  5. Tony Webster January 8, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Any responsible entity, or person, managing such an essential service, wouldn’t have to be promped to act fairly to its customers..to issue rebates A.S.A.P. Trubble is, BWA doesn’t see us as customers….merely as a captive bunch of idiots who supply THEM…with money!

    Please privatize this essential service quickly, and place it’s regulation under the Fair Trading Commission…both immediately, or sooner.

  6. yaa January 8, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I think all the bosses at the water authority should resign and the people should come together and push for that like in the USA

  7. Tony Waterman January 8, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    @Jrsmith!!!! RE:-“”This Man is a Joker”” i am reading your comment,and am wonder if you are responding to what Mr.Dale Marshall is saying, You asked “”why you would be paying for water ,you not using,??”” He is NOT saying that they should be Paying, You Said:-“”he is part of the useless government, he is a politician ,covering his own ass””… NO!!! He is NOT part of the Useless Government, he is on the Oppossition Side as the Parliamentary representative for St.Joseph, But yes!!! he is a Politician, that seems to be the only thing you got right, my suggestion to you would be to Re-Read what he DID say and then Comment on that, not on what you thought he had said.

    Mr. Marshall or no one else shuold ahve to tell Dr.Estwick the Minister in Charge of the BWA to do the RIGHT thing and issue CREDITS to the Accounts of their Water Suffering Customers,it is what anyone with a Heart would do, on the other Hand, if Someone/anyone with a Modicum of sympathy for these beleagured people would step forward and represent these people, i am sure that the BWA would see the Light very quickly.
    Dr.Maria Agard got her Cry Baby Case before the High Court Lickety Split, If the BWA continues to Charge these People for a Service that they did NOT supply for an undue Length of time, that seems to me to be something that should be brought to Court for JUSTICE to be rendered, but will one of OUR Esteemed LAWYERS step forward and to the RIGHT thing for them “”PRO BONO.””
    Let’s wait and see what type of BARBADOS we REALLY have in the 21st Century.

  8. Cat Rock
    Cat Rock January 8, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    How can you bill for a service you are not supplying

  9. Maria Wilson
    Maria Wilson January 8, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    How yuh gine pay for water yuh don’t get…. Look that don’t me sense and how you coming up with the bill? They using estimate cause actual usage is nill

  10. Adrian Allison January 8, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Agree with every word Mr Marshall has spoken here.
    No one should have to prompt the BWA to treat it’s customers fairly. It’s the first and most important feature of the customer-provider arrangement.

    As for jrsmith’s comments………he needs to work on his reading and comprehension skills plus keep on top of current affairs in Barbados then he would know the makeup of the present Goverment Administration before making incindiary comments.

  11. John Doe January 8, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Mr. Marshall Knows full well that, like the Light and Power Company, a minimum charge is paid by every consumer. Thus, whether you used water or not a minimum rate of $32.00 is charged to each consumer. If he is indeed he is asking for a waver of this minimum charge, then those of us who some months use not water at all, would have to be entitled to such a waver on those occasions when we use no water.

  12. jrsmith January 9, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Bajans ,we need to step back into , history, my take , go to a high point , some where up north and , with a large gathering of bajans, do a massive rain dance, come on Christian people, that’s the only chance, us bajans have, of getting adequate supply of water, on our island.. worth a try…


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