Bad timing!

Abed upset about BWA water outage

President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) Eddy Abed has taken the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) to task over what he describes as poor timing of its annual maintenance schedule at its Spring Garden plant.

This has resulted in a water shutdown, which mainly affected St Michael, St Thomas and St James communities.

However, Abed reported that it also took a toll on businesses in The City at time when many could least afford it. The Chamber president further complained that businesses were only given three days notice of the shutdown, which he said was hardly enough time for them to make any provisions for the day.

“What concerns me was the manner in which this was done. It was brought upon the public on Friday and the Chamber is concerned that if this was routine maintenance it could have been done from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., or even over a weekend.

“In fact, I think that if this was a routine maintenance it could have even been scheduled for January or February,” Abed told Barbados TODAY, while stating that it was important to have dialogue “so that those who are to be affected, and can make arrangements, would have the time to do so”.

On Friday, the BWA announced that Ionics Freshwater Ltd (commonly referred to as the Desalination Plant) on Spring Garden would be shutting down its operations from eight o’clock on Sunday night to ten o’clock on Monday night.

Speaking on behalf of the affected businesses, an upset Abed told Barbados TODAY the issue was not one to be taken slightly, suggesting that even the slightest interruption during the most profitable quarter of the year, could be detrimental to some businesses.
“It is building up to time when we are in the most busy Christmas season and as a stakeholder we were not invited into the decision making and I would hope in the future that the water authority would understand that they are tasked with providing for all who use their commodity.

“It really cast a dark shadow over a day that ordinarily should have run smoothly,” the businessman stressed.
“This Christmas season is extremely important for all commercial entities because it comes at the end of a very difficult year with all these additional taxes imposed. The spend by consumers is down and if businesses don’t get a good season it would add to the worsening situation in this country,” he said, adding that “sadly businesses are not concerned at this stage about making a profit, but rather which businesses will survive to 2018”.

Today, the Jubilee Gardens branch of Courts was forced to close its doors early because of the water outage, while officials at the Broad Street and Swan Street branches of the popular retail store complained of very low water pressure.

However, west coast hotels reported little disruption, so too students on the halls of residence at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, even though classes at the campus were called off today in anticipation of a possible water outage.

11 Responses to Bad timing!

  1. archy perch November 7, 2017 at 2:48 am

    Man Abed….if they had put if pun a weekend you would complain. A Sunday Monday or a Tuesday, you would complain. They had to do what they had to do Jack…A.
    What is mother nature had stepped with all her fury.
    Take a time out will yah!
    You listen to BrassTacks too much bro.

  2. harry turnover November 7, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Abed..what you wanted the Water Authority to do ? tell DEM to SHUT DOWN the Island for 26 hrs so that the maintenance could be done ?
    wha you gine still complain and say that ya en had to SHUT DOWN the Island fa dat….boy…. you is one MISERABLE man.

  3. MARIA Holder November 7, 2017 at 6:36 am

    There is some merit to what he is saying though. Dialogue with your constituents is important. They should take a leaf out of Freundel’s book

  4. Jennifer November 7, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Does Abed celebrate xmas???? His thoughts would be interesting.

  5. hcalndre November 7, 2017 at 7:02 am

    This archy perch, you are not even honest with yourself, what mother nature has to do with a man made problem? probably they do not keep the plant maintained on a daily basis, like backwashing and so on. Barbados closes 1 and 2 days for stock taking, what a one-door walking business needs 2 days to check their stock? They`re big businesses that open 7 days a week, 7 or more floors and never heard or knew that they`re closed for stocktaking.

    • Jennifer November 7, 2017 at 7:15 am

      Yep – lived in the EU and never heard of a store closing for stock taking yet. These stores truly understand money making.

    • Jennifer November 7, 2017 at 7:23 am

      Maybe abroad it is their tech – nice and easy. These stores in Bridgetown making money and staying in the stone ages – at least here in BIM.

  6. Jennifer November 7, 2017 at 7:10 am

    “poor timing of its annual maintenance schedule” So when is the maintenance normally done????? And what is the toll it took?????? Was the BWA willing to pay overtime to the workers since Abed is suggesting a weekend job. On that note no one can tell a company when to conduct their business or how. And if better communication is needed then that should be assessed and considered.

  7. Lee November 7, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Employees and their families are at home doing their housework during the weekend. Water usage statistics would show which day was most propitious to cause the least disruption. Neglecting maintenance schedules has resulted in worse infrastructural problems (SSA vehicles, sewerage system, roads, school buildings, etc.) not to mention those unkempt Bridgetown business places on Swan Street.

  8. Gillian Skeete
    Gillian Skeete November 7, 2017 at 9:47 am

    When is it good timing?

  9. Milli Watt November 7, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    stupse you and de parasites should use the money they get from bout hey and buy a tank


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