Tuesday, April 23, 2024

BWA apologises, working on solutions

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The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) apologised to customers in some northern and eastern sections of the island who have been enduring water outages.

Residents in these areas made heartfelt pleas to the BWA for better service. The cry started in St Joseph last week where one resident said they have not had running water since February this year and she was at her wit’s end.

Through White Hill, St Andrew; Foster Hall, St John and surrounding areas, it was a similar cry.

Acting Director of Engineering Elvin Jordan said there were several factors  affecting the BWA’s ability to properly service some St Joseph, St John, St Thomas and St Andrew districts.

Lower rainfall has caused reduced supply at Bowmanston, Applewhaites and Sweet Vale. As a result, pumping into the distribution system supplied by these wells and reservoirs has also been reduced.

The ability to deliver water is periodically affected by electrical outages at the Barbados Light & Power Co. and failure of pumping equipment may occur as a result.

The BWA is experiencing challenges in getting the distribution systems replenished and sustained and is “doing its best to address the issues and rebalance the distribution network to assist the residents of all affected areas, wherever possible, however, none of the solutions is a quick fix”.

In the meantime, the Authority will be:

Residents who are experiencing problems can called the BWA or report issues via the Facebook page. (PR/SAT)

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