Blame the Bees, says Dr Estwick


Barbados’ current water woes have been placed squarely on the shoulders of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP).

During a press conference today, Minister of the Water Resources Management Dr David Estwick accused the BLP of failing to address the situation during its 15 years in office, despite having adequate notice that a water shortage was looming.

Furthermore, he also accused the Opposition party of “misleading Barbadians” and “attempting to use a national crisis precipitated by natural causes to create political strife”.

Insisting the island’s water problems did not start in 2008, Dr Estwick revealed several studies done during the tenure of the Owen Arthur-led Government which highlighted the impending problems.

DAVID ESTWICK 1“It is therefore very unfortunate that some politicians would seek to mislead Barbadians and go as far as to suggest that there was a clandestine and diabolical plot by the BWA [Barbados Water Authority] to victimize by denying residents of St Joseph, St Andrew, St John and St Thomas potable water. Absolute rubbish!” he maintained.

“The poor water infrastructure capacity that Barbados now has to mitigate drought conditions did not start in 2008.”

Dr Estwick revealed that a 1997 study showed that during drought conditions, water consumption in Barbados exceeded the renewable water resources.

Additionally, he said it revealed that 40 to 60 per cent of the water pumped into the mains leaked out.

Further he noted that seven years later, a study done by Drosdoff in 2004 sounded the alarm bells and then in 2006, Dr Estwick said the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations reported that the island’s renewable water resource was almost fully exploited.

Yet he argued that the BLP did nothing.

“Armed with these data, the people that are now misleading Barbadians and their constituents and attacking the BWA did very little to mitigate this serious threat to the water resources of Barbados,” he contended.

Dr Estwick said while they did build the island’s lone desalination plant at Spring Garden, the BLP never operated it at full capacity.

Additionally, he lamented that the Northern Upgrade project, which was intended to provide over 12,000 cubic metres of water from the plant to the northern parishes, never got off the ground.

“They never completed that project. Are these not the same areas that are now short of water?” he questioned.

The Minister said under the leadership of the BLP, there was not one single attempt to replace the old and leaking mains.

“The politicians that are now out there picketing the BWA and fooling their constituents did nothing to address the causes of the problems now plaguing the northern parishes.

“This Government is now forced to do them because of the drought and we are proud to do so because it is our responsibility at the BWA to supply potable water to all residents and businesses,” Estwick maintained.

13 Responses to Blame the Bees, says Dr Estwick

  1. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews January 14, 2016 at 3:49 am

    Becuase 7 years of DLP not doing it , it is the BLP’s fault? ,the problem was to be fixed, Don’t blame someone when you bought the car and the problem it had got worst while you have it, you bought it and knew it wanted fixing. Now the problem got worst you vex, 7 years to act so blame the past

  2. Brian Porte
    Brian Porte January 14, 2016 at 4:25 am


  3. Sherene Drakes-Seales
    Sherene Drakes-Seales January 14, 2016 at 4:31 am

    Wow!!! some 8 years later and the bees to blame.. Blame the bees he says, for something that was ‘precipitated by natural causes’.. What an idiot!!. Just when you think they can’t get any more stupid.

  4. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 14, 2016 at 4:33 am
  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 14, 2016 at 4:50 am

    All de pointing and shouting is not going to put water in the tap. Look get on wid the job do! The citizens had enough of wunna TALKING Loud, Saying and doing Nothing.
    Full Refunds of Water Bill or defer payment for 3 months also compensation for the Citizens that paid for dried taps and bottle water.

  6. Martyn Ackee Tree
    Martyn Ackee Tree January 14, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Lol. This is too funny.

  7. Tête La
    Tête La January 14, 2016 at 5:00 am

    I keep telling you all that people should be paying for the amount of water they use and stop paying that stupid minimum payment.

    You using 3 cubic foot of water per month and you still got to pay the same price as someone who use 10.

    Instead of coming and diplomatically cursing the people, the Minister should of apologize for the pisspoor service and look to rectify the issue internally at the source

  8. Kevin Lorde
    Kevin Lorde January 14, 2016 at 5:05 am

    Dear government when you mess up fix it and move to hell on. You all had responsibility for 8years deal with the challenge comprehensively and satisfy the affected people. Stop trying to blame. It’s this government Responsibility Embrace your challenges as men not toddlers by playing a blame game

  9. Angela Fergusson January 14, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Dr. Estwick, I am encouraged that the citizens lacking water will now get relief. It’s been a long time, but here comes the D L P to do the right thing.
    I hear you, and agree with the comments and statements regarding the water issue, I am aware and reminded by you of the failure of the opposition in addressing the scarcity of water in certain sections of the Island.
    We now look forward to a workable solution particularly to the waterstarved areas, then ultimately a solution where all Barbadians will always have water, low pressure or regular pressure. We thank you for finally addressing this situation. We all deserve and look forward to much more action from my “Dems.”

  10. jrsmith January 14, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    The sad thing about the failure of Barbados total infrucsture , is that all politicians have ignored the same , term after term , on trying to lay claims or scoring party points, none of the politicians you can trust , all have failed Barbados/Bajans… this water problem is not only the shortage of rain ,that’s the excuse, for not upgrading the same, every day new units of homes is added to the source ,the souce is overloaded, inadequate to handle the increase loading….

    Next up would be power, that is beginning to have the same effect , and would be worst than the water problem.. the state of our roads, that’s always there, when the rain comes all over would be flooded, old wells all blocked up , no decent storm drainage, a transport systems which barely functions. all failed by our politicians….

  11. jrsmith January 14, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Now is the time if the Democrats , want to be honest ,proving that they government is capable of putting things right in Barbados, this is it ,starting with the water, this is they last chance..

  12. Mervyn holligan January 14, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    The opposition is right to voice the concerns of their constituents. The lack of timely and effective communication by the Minister and the BWA created the omnishambles that have developed around the water woes issues.
    It seems to many that this organization (BWA) is bereft of its formal leadership when it is most needed.

  13. N Day January 16, 2016 at 7:45 am

    I can tell you all, I’m in my 40’s and grew up in St. Joseph and the water shortages didn’t start in 2008. When I was going to secondary school especially during crop time the water would go off regularly. That’s why I can’t understand why the BLP making it look as if it only started under the DLP administration. The problem is worse now and it has to be addressed, so I hope the politicians really do that and not give only lip service.


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