BWA confirms changes are coming

The much-maligned Barbados Water Authority (BWA) has confirmed that changes would be made to the leadership of the state entity.

Barbados TODAY Thursday night reported that Acting General Manager Dr John Mwansa would go as part of a major management shake-up.

The BWA Friday issued a one-page statement confirming some existing managers would be redeployed to lead or hold new portfolios. It did not identify the top-level posts which would be affected.

“A few key management positions, recently advertised, are slated to be filled in the coming months,” the statement said.

Dr John Mwansa

It made no mention of the fate of Mwansa, who will be replaced by a non-national who was educated here, but currently works in Trinidad and Tobago, according to an official source.

The statement also failed to address reports that biochemist and water quality expert Patricia Inniss, who is a former candidate of the ruling Democratic Labour Party, would take up the newly-created post of manager of waste water, with responsibility for sewage matters.

However, it said the BWA had recently received approval for the implementation of a new organizational strategic plan.

“The plan, which was in the making for some time, seeks to assist the Authority in addressing the current issues of potable water supply challenges, desalination, high levels of non-revenue water, climate change, water augmentation measures, waste water treatment processes and monitoring by the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) along with the improved handling of general daily administrative concerns,” the release stated.

It also said the plan called for a partial reorganization and restructuring of the water company to meet the future needs of the agency and Barbados.

Former Democratic Labour Party candidate Patricia Inniss is to be appointed manager of waste water.

“It comes with the introduction of a vision and mission statement, new technical and technological systems and the reorganization of the oversight structure of the BWA.”

The Authority said that while work on the introduction of the new technological systems had already started and staff was currently undergoing training, the mission and vision statements would soon be shared with customers via several media.

The BWA’s vision is “to be the most efficient, reliable, cost effective and customer oriented utility contributing to the social and economic development of Barbados”, the vision statement says.

On the other hand, the mission statement pledges “to provide safe, reliable and sustainable water and waste water services whilst ensuring customer satisfaction”.

The state-entity also said it looked forward to improving service to customers through increased engagement and positive collaborations. 

11 Responses to BWA confirms changes are coming

  1. Hal Austin January 7, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Why did it take so long? The minister must go, the chairman of the board must go and widespread reforms must be introduced.
    A water crisis is something we hear about in Africa, not a modern Caribbean country. Where is the prime minister?

  2. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis January 7, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Start with Eswick

  3. Alex Alleyne January 7, 2017 at 11:23 am

    First the tree top should get cut-off. If you are serious , first off the list should be the MINISTER.

  4. 3rdsun January 7, 2017 at 11:33 am

    How comes de only time we hear from the Minister is when a cockfight breakout. He learning from de PM

  5. North Point January 7, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    water, water, every where and none to drink. is this a case of woman pun top, with all of these new changes coming, are they going to make the situation any better. if I were Dr John Mwansa, I would tell them to make me an off I cant refuse, and I would pack up my georgey bundle and go. Dr John Mwansa, you must know when to hold them, and you must know when to fold them, don’t be a “TOY” at this time of your life, you don’t have anything to prove to nobody, but the bank.

  6. jrsmith January 7, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    2017 changes, sock , shoes ,underwear, tie whatever else , all coming from the same old ward robe ,in the same old bedroom from the same house…
    They all dont know how to manage a business , its not a rum shop…….watch this space ……

  7. ch January 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    In all fairness, the person at the very top should go- the minister.
    Then a new minister should be appointed to do his review and recommendations.
    Tired of this backyard politics in a modern era.

  8. harry turnover January 7, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    He tell a lie to make DEM look good and now he gone through the shoot.
    Wha happen wid the Minister.. jack ?? he and Sealy bathe in water that people say had sewage in it to make Mwansa look good

  9. harry turnover January 7, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    ….gone through the shute ..not shoot .

  10. Ossie Moore January 10, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Pat the period bell rung for Chemistry Class to end would you please leave leave the Lab!


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