Local water rates too low, complains conservationist

A local conservationist has suggested the need for a hike in domestic water rates, saying it was one sure way of getting Barbadians to better appreciate that their island is water-scarce.   

“The big thing the customer needs to do is to have a better respect for the value of water,” said engineer Andrew Hutchinson.

Addressing a meeting of the Rotary Club West of Barbados at the Bagatelle Great House last night, he further argued that water in Barbados was still too cheap.

“The commercial rate is .446 of a cent per litre . . . less than half a cent per litre. Then we [are] selling water to the ships [at the Bridgetown Port] at .8 cents per litre,” he pointed out.

The conservationist also reported that about five million gallons of water was literally flushed down the toilets every day, without any available incentive for property owners to change their inefficient systems, which Hutchinson said account for a significant amount of water wastage.

In addition, he said, there were some grumbles among residents about cost, many Barbadians had no problem purchasing the more expensive bottled water.

“We complain it is too expensive, but yet those same customers – most of them – go the supermarket to pick up bottled water at $5 a litre and put it in their trolley, but they don’t want to pay Water Authority a half of a cent per litre,” Hutchinson said.

36 Responses to Local water rates too low, complains conservationist

  1. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar February 9, 2017 at 12:15 am

    How about making sure everyone gets water before you talk increase

  2. Gittens Hallam
    Gittens Hallam February 9, 2017 at 12:36 am

    How about he going back where he came from?

  3. Joan Brome
    Joan Brome February 9, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Another tactic to finish kill de.poor man stupsee

  4. Sabrina Brathwaite
    Sabrina Brathwaite February 9, 2017 at 12:55 am

    wtf I hearing. He would say so. Getting rich off the poor all the time

    • Tristan John
      Tristan John February 9, 2017 at 1:46 am

      Maybe I missed something. But exactly who is this gentleman getting rich off of???

  5. Sabrina Brathwaite
    Sabrina Brathwaite February 9, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Ok then… Bout hey want a revolution

  6. Meakai February 9, 2017 at 1:02 am

    $5 a litre??
    Weh?… Uh mean where? Which part um duz be selling at $5 per litre?

    Even so I would every paper dollar in my pocket, that the people who buying this $5/L water never ever complain that local water to expensive. Too brown, too nasty, pressure to low, off to often, leaking to long and the meter readers can’t read. Dem kinda things but never yet that um too expensive.

    Today I bought a 1L bottle for $2 and I hope the shopkeeper doesn’t hear about this 5$ water.

  7. Sunshine Sunny Shine February 9, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Won’t affect you now will it. You do not give two hoots about those who can hardly buy decent food now you want to increase water rates to place more hardship on them.

  8. Max Carter
    Max Carter February 9, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Who is he now

  9. Jennifer February 9, 2017 at 1:09 am

    This is what a vulture does prey of people. While they got old money from their ancestors.

  10. Wayne Spooner
    Wayne Spooner February 9, 2017 at 1:21 am

    These idiots. GTFOH

  11. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea February 9, 2017 at 1:45 am

    Where the f$$@k he come from go BACK.

  12. Cyprian Greaves
    Cyprian Greaves February 9, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Ppl in Barbados should make sure his pale ass don’t get any.

  13. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock February 9, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Some have to put water in their trolleys mostly because there won’t be any when they get home.

  14. Shaun Maynard
    Shaun Maynard February 9, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Oh there now govt going do some type of so call research and bam we water bill gone up

    • Ione Mitchell
      Ione Mitchell February 9, 2017 at 2:48 am

      I suspect the plan is already in place and this was the town crier.

  15. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison February 9, 2017 at 2:22 am

    They say this man is a conservationist so I think he needs to conserve his stupid advice for those that want to hear because I can say unequivocally that no one here is interested in his views.

  16. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison February 9, 2017 at 2:30 am

    I was never a proponent of buying bottled water but the recent quality of this resource coming for our taps would force any health conscious person to find the first supermarket.
    He uses the the comparison that Bajans don’t have a problem purchasing a litre of water at $5 a pop but he must understand that that litre goes in our stomach but the bulk of water usage is external and not even the rich among us use bottled water to bathe or flush our toilets so his comparison just doesn’t cut it us an argument.

  17. Claire Gibson
    Claire Gibson February 9, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Ariana thoughts?

  18. Anthony Michael Hinds
    Anthony Michael Hinds February 9, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Blasted idiot.

  19. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus February 9, 2017 at 3:22 am

    Considering that the water always off I would think the rates are too high…..half cent my ass…..stupess…….& what bottle water selling at $5 a litre? Stupess……these ppl always wanna mek sport at ppl …….

  20. Alison Blackman
    Alison Blackman February 9, 2017 at 4:05 am

    I keep saying from January 1st jackass season began and the flood gate was open

  21. Andre
    Andre' Wilson February 9, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Look every important resources that we need the people just looking to grab at or dropping hints at who ever in charge of these things raise the monthly charges of these items, an the people that does these things is people that when they get tired they just pack up an move to a next country

  22. Carmen Burgess
    Carmen Burgess February 9, 2017 at 5:51 am

    He says ppl going and buy water so he sees no reason why We can’t pay more for water!…. He is talking about the ones that can afford that not the ones that can’t and don’t, how can they judge from that percentage of ppl?
    This is ignorance some are struggling to keep up with bills in general and now they want to raise water rates,another way to keep poor ppl stagnant!!!!
    And guess who agrees with it,the ones that don’t have problems paying for the increase because they can afford it!!!!!! And as soon as that rich minority says yes,the rates gone up,the poor in this country have no say because in their eyes,we don’t count!!!!!!

  23. Ras Selwin
    Ras Selwin February 9, 2017 at 5:59 am

    How much money did they pay him to say that ????

  24. Pat BB
    Pat BB February 9, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Wait, somebody call u and ass u something? Look shut to hell up talking $#?&%….
    How the pothole yuh gine pay more for something u don’t have?
    Look, guh so———————->

  25. jrsmith February 9, 2017 at 7:14 am

    This man is behaving as our politicians behave , but he is not in politics..( this is how bajans are treated ) , no sense shouting at him, we need to call out our non productive corrupt politicians..
    Thats why the 1% of the people in barbados own all the wealth, people who dont get involve with politics because they is no need to.. thats why I always say barbados is there for the taking ,but not by bajans……….
    I have never heard of this gentleman, but if he is homey well, but i have noticed people from everywhere is coming into barbados and telling what we should and shouldn’t do, as if we are stupid…..

  26. Frank White February 9, 2017 at 8:35 am

    This man seems to just crawl out the hills of the Caucasus Mountains. Why is it that these Caucasians words and so called advice does mean anything?? Remember that they haven’t told the truth since they left Greece. Caucasians buy more bottle water than black people, fact. Caucasians water their lawns where black people waits for the rain to fall on it. Caucasians have swimming pools. This man knows that blacks are the majority here so if and when the water authority is privatized and owned by the white community, they stand to make millions. I keep constantly reminding persons that these are the same people that kill President Kennedy so what you think they would do to you…

  27. Alana B February 9, 2017 at 9:36 am

    How about increasing the rates of the businesses whose consumption continues to increase at phenomenal rates? How about finding the pipe near St. Lawrence Gap which continues to service ‘certain people’ for free? But, BWA want to lay fresh pipes to the properties. How come those people are not metered to this day?

    Why continue to ride the backs of Bajan blacks? Why continue with these unfair practices upon the black people of Barbados?

  28. Jennifer February 9, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Alana B – its because blacks continue to sleep while these locust eat what little you have.
    @jrsmith – Your first line will come into question????? you never know. He is not a politician but i bet you that these COONS and A** licker$ of the red/pale man who sit in PARLIAMENT will do EXACTLY WHAT HE SAYS, wait for it. I told you it is part of their conditioning to follow like scooby doo.

  29. Jennifer February 9, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    @Frank White – I tell you they will kill the pi$$ out of our people, let them continue to sleep.

  30. RHBB February 10, 2017 at 1:16 am

    Well, I didn’t realise that they were so many uneducated idiots in Barbados until I read all of these comments. No analysis or discussion of the issues, just slagging the man, mainly based on his colour. No wonder we don’t progress!

  31. Andrew Simpson February 10, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    A tiered rate system; with say 10 cu m allowed for each registered householder, after which the next 10 doubled, trebled and quadrupled would discourage wastage. Potable water should not be used for flushing toilets, washing cars nor irrigation. Rainwater and grey water would quickly be harvested if prices reflected real costs. BWA might then be able to provide more reliable service all round. Same with public transport, garbage collection and other public services. If garbage was charged by the bag, more people would compost and recycle. Individual responsibility must be cultivated in our society. More self-reliance is the way out of the financial bind we are in. A modern governance system, on a digital direct democracy platform, with opportunity for every citizen to contribute in decision making, encouraged to enterprise in free and fair competitive market driven economy is the key to widespread prosperity.

  32. Maya Trotz February 10, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Andrew Hutchinson is an engineer and a businessman who runs one of the most successful consulting companies in the Caribbean that has done projects to ensure folks across the region have water, roads etc.. Barbadians should be proud of him and try to learn from him. At the end of the day, if I were stranded on island and lacked water, I would want him on my team.

    You can read about some of his ideas here:


  33. C BRIAN BARNES February 10, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    F o S

  34. C BRIAN BARNES February 10, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Maya Trotz – a singularly opinionated gentleman who believes he is the Gospel according to Hutchinson.


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