BWA delivers on promise to Boscobel

By all accounts, the Barbados Water Authority  (BWA) has made good on its promise to restore running water to residents of Boscobel by Christmas.

When Barbados TODAY visited the community this morning, residents said that their Christmas experience this time around was far richer than the previous two, simply because water was flowing through their taps.

Residents were overjoyed to re-join the age of modern conveniences, as they were able carry out their baking and household chores, essential to the preparations for a traditional Barbadian Christmas.

“Water came back about the day before Christmas Day, it went for a short while then came back again. It feel real good to get water, especially now at Christmas when you have all your things to do. Unless you experience life without water you can’t understand the happiness that the people down here feeling when they turn on their pipe and see water,” said one Collin’s Road resident, who referred to himself only as Carmichael.

Last Friday we were informed that the BWA had installed a bigger pump at Alleynedale, which is expected to alleviate the water woes, which took its toll on that northern community.

The BWA also reported a drop in the salinity levels, which had been impacting the water supply.

In an interview with Barbados TODAY on Friday morning, BWA Corporate Communications Specialist Joy-Ann Haigh explained that while the new measure did not come with a 100 per cent guarantee, the water company was confident the new pump, along with repairs to several burst mains, should bring relief in a day or two.

“Today we would have put in a bigger pump at Alleynedale to send water from Half Acre to Lamberts to Boscobel. The systems are like a step system, so now that we have put in the bigger pump, we are hoping that this would solve some of the issues over next day or two. In other words it takes time for the system to go back to normal with the pumps; but hopefully, we should see some relief by tomorrow,” Haigh said.

However amid the joy expressed over the restoration of the water service to the northern community, was a cautious optimism that the new measures put in place by the BWA would result in a longstanding resolution to the water issues and not just another false dawn.

“I am happy that the water came back and we didn’t have to go dipping into a bucket to wash wares and other things because that is not a nice feeling. I am just hoping that water stays on and not go back off after Christmas,” said Roshay Edwards.

Barbados TODAY reported two weeks ago that the people of Boscobel, St Peter, were facing the prospects of a third Christmas with dry taps.

In an email to this publication last Wednesday, a furious Shaney Forde from Boscobel, which straddles St Peter and St Andrew, described the situation as “simply ridiculous” and said it would not be a jolly Christmas for consumers. (CM)

10 Responses to BWA delivers on promise to Boscobel

  1. Lirleen Edwards
    Lirleen Edwards December 26, 2016 at 9:57 am

    I wonder why mine was off at all on Xmas Morning, why my neighbour would have to call to investigate cause she washing machine suddenly singing a different tune. Yes girl you pay your water bill and no you ain’t wrong I in Boscobel and mine off too.Even if not for hours or the whole day mine was off Xmas Day

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  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce December 26, 2016 at 9:59 am

    More Long Talk! The Citizens should send BetterWalkAway a BILL!

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  3. LadyRhonda Haynes-Sobers
    LadyRhonda Haynes-Sobers December 26, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Patting yourself on the back I see

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  4. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith December 26, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    BT find out from BWA when they gonna come back and rake back into the hole. A month now since they finally fixed the leaky mains. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to them being sued for an accident..

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  5. North Point December 26, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    BWA delivers on promise to Boscobel, WHO SHOULD I GIVE THE GIFT TO , the Minister, the truck driver, or none of the above, ho ho ho ho, im heading back to the north pole

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  6. Tony Webster December 27, 2016 at 3:40 am

    I am VERY happy for those suffering, tax-paying citizens, who pay their BWA bills also- without getting a drop-….so there is no reason to thank or to compliment BWA, or the minister, as this is exactly why we all pay taxes, and BWA bills…and why these folks get their wages and salaries paid REGULAR!

    There are also many miles to go…before we reach the promised land of water conservation; re-engineered mains; re-engineered “grey-water” use at all delivery points; improved ‘capture” of surface water via better (regularly cleaned) wells and mini-dams etc etc.

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  7. Helicopter(8P) December 27, 2016 at 10:44 am

    A Merry Yule Tide to you all !! Wishing You a Prosperous New Year!! My wish is! That our environmentalist are now propositioned to find potentially appropriate sites for at least 3 surface catchment reservoirs at locations within the interior. Some suggested areas would be Moonshine, Cane -Wood and Black Best. Excess overflow would be returned to the ocean.

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  8. Tony Webster December 27, 2016 at 11:48 am

    @Helicopter (8p): All the Very a Best to you and madam, kind Sir…like Clear Blue Sky up there…plus Fair Winds and a Following Sea…out there pon the Ocean Blue.
    73 ex 8P6NE

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