Emergency shutdown at the Belle Pumping Station

The Belle Pumping Station was shut down from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. today. The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) said this was done in order to increase the water supply at the station.

For the last few days, the Belle station has not been pumping at full capacity leading to low water pressure or outages in parts of Christ Church and parts of St Michael and the BWA said the three-hour shut down is expected to rectify this problem.

In addition, the BWA said there has also been low water pressure and outages in the north of the island in areas along Highway 2A such as Bagatelle, Redmans Village, Prior Park, Melrose and surrounding districts. It said this is primarily due to a power outage across the island on Saturday, October 21.

After power was restored the BWA stations went back online but the reservoirs remained low. A subsequent power outage last night sent the Haymans and Whim stations in the north offline again leading to intermittent outages; water levels at those stations are slowly returning to normal.

The BWA is also investigating a suspected burst main which is likely impacting parts of Chalky Mount and Cambridge in St Andrew, St Joseph and surrounding districts.

18 Responses to Emergency shutdown at the Belle Pumping Station

  1. Rosemary Wall
    Rosemary Wall October 22, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    But pretty sure it’s effect took place in the a.m not PM… Well good to see a reason has been given.

  2. Nikolai Gibson
    Nikolai Gibson October 22, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    So you telling me that the water authority does not have backup generators to power the pumps in case of grid outage? Suppose the light and power was down for a week? This island is not going around in circles, it is walking backwards.

    • Amelia Gittens
      Amelia Gittens October 22, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      Nope because I live in the north and you can guarantee every time there is electricity outage the pumping station my side goes down so no light no water but the light will come back with in hour or so but the water it takes few hours to restore back to normal

    • Maya Trotz
      Maya Trotz October 23, 2017 at 8:00 am

      They don’t. As you can see in many of the islands hit by Irma and Maria, they don’t either. I do think this is something they are trying to get funding for. Climate change adaptation funding is pushing for redundancy of power for the water sector. So, instead of funding leaking pipes, of which you have many, international organizations wish to fund redundant energy systems that produce less green house gases and provide some level of security for pumping if the grid goes down. Was any reason given for why there was a blackout?

  3. Chris Alleyne
    Chris Alleyne October 22, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    So yesterday it was electricity, today water. I don’t think I’m going to bother getting out of bed for the rest of the week.

  4. Sarah Amlot
    Sarah Amlot October 22, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    A day ??? I had no water Friday afternoon/ evening… none all day yesterday and then a trickle … and non all day today… it’s horrendous!

  5. Kathyann Best
    Kathyann Best October 22, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    It can’t be from 3 to 6 cause in ch ch it was off from this morning and still off! Aint see one tanker yet! Now wunna put out a notice! Poor, poor, poor. Smh.

  6. Rhea Straker
    Rhea Straker October 22, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Oh wow its really bad and with no information

  7. Ali May
    Ali May October 22, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Now I know what’s the problem in St. Andrew…

  8. Reginald Taylor
    Reginald Taylor October 22, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    You think it would be too much for them to think about going solar power. 40 million and change left over. Don’t forget this was a weekend nobody working and to bring out tankers would have involved overtime, NIS don’t lend out money to pay overtime.

    • Maya Trotz
      Maya Trotz October 23, 2017 at 8:02 am

      The BWA has been installing small solar pilots at a few of its facilities. Engineer Nathan Grant is a big proponent of this for the utility and would be good if he is given an avenue to speak on this to the public.

  9. milli watt October 22, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    how many times can you have electrical upgrades and emergency shutdowns before people get suspicious. My people on the inside telling me this is bare lies

    • John Everatt October 23, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      Well they come up with all these implausible reasons every time. I also think that these are lies and the sewage issue reasons are lies too. We just have a bunch of incompetents in the BWA which were put there from the board down by the politicians. They are supposed to be in control.

  10. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe October 23, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Yah mean all de time so???….every week shutting down ?

  11. Richard Johnston October 23, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Barbados is living close to the edge.

  12. Ossie Moore October 23, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Are you saying they need to have Chubackka on board ?

  13. Belfast October 23, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    In the past, the BWA had a number of standby generators, but like everything government, they were unable to maintain them. Like many government buildings lying idle and abandoned all over the island, there are also a number of generators abandoned in buildings no longer in use.
    A 60 nuff million dollar building and the core business of BWA has been severely neglected.

  14. Belfast October 23, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    By the way what positions does Mr Mwanza hold at BWA? I keep hearing him being referred to as the Former General Manager.


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