Tank plan tottering


It appears the Barbados Water Authority’s (BWA) attempts to make rural Barbadians owners of their own water tanks have fallen flat.

The BWA launched its personal tank programme in 2017 but, despite reported positive initial responses, it seems hardly anyone took the offer and now it may be no more.

The programme was launched in partnership with the City of Bridgetown Credit Union (COB) and initially offered to residents of St John, St Joseph, St Andrew, St Peter and St Thomas, who were experiencing prolonged water outages, before being expanded islandwide.

It included a 400-gallon tank, pump, fittings and installation under a five-year, interest-free, hire purchase agreement. It was to be serviced by the BWA Rapid Response Unit during outages.

COB chief executive officer Steve Belle told THE NATION the programme was no longer an option, at least from their end. He said there was not much buy-in after it was launched. (CA)

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