As Barbados battles a spike in cases of Chikungunya and dengue fever, one St Phillip community is raising alarm about pools of stagnant water caused by two burst pipes.
The residents of Peat’s Bay, Merricks said they have been appealing to officials at the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) for the five past months to fix the problem, without any success.
Margaret Greenidge told Barbados TODAY that one pipe, which is located on the left side of her house, developed the problem back in June.
After reporting the matter to the BWA, she said a representative came to investigate but had not been seen since.
“A guy came, I can’t remember his name, but he said that they are going to change the meters and he [was] going to report it and since then the water is still running,” a frustrated Greenidge said.
Around a month after the visit by the BWA worker, a grass fire occurred, spreading through a field located to the right of her home. It was at that time that the second pipe was ruptured.
“I put a rock on it, but on a night it sprays all up into the air,” the villager said.
When a Barbados TODAY team visited the area yesterday, Greenidge pointed to a field overgrown with grass, which she said pools stagnant water from the running pipes and “provides the perfect breeding ground for the Chikungunya [aedes aegypti] mosquito”.
“At night, I have to spray consistently and put mosquito coil all around my house because about 5 o’clock or so you start hearing the mosquitoes. I started putting oil in it [the stagnant water] or it would be bare trouble up here.”
The worried resident added that she was tired of sharing her house with mosquitoes and treating the stagnant water.
“The water is breeding too much mosquitos. I have to put on my boots and wade through the water to put old oil in it. It is just running all the time and the water settling . . . . I would like something done with it.”
Greenidge was also frustrated that no one from the BWA has responded to her complaints.
“I called and I went in there, inside Water Works, and a lady tell me she got one or two complaints about it already. She didn’t give me a reason as to why they haven’t come since the complaints, just that they already have it in the system,” she said.
“You tell me four months and they cannot find somebody to come and fix a pipe that will take two minutes?” Greenidge questioned.
When Barbados TODAY contacted the BWA, we were told by customer care representative Ronald Eastmond, “the authority only received a complaint this morning” and that they would look into the matter.
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