The people of Boscobel, St Peter need relief from the bitter water woes they have been experiencing for months and they need better service from the Barbados Water Authority (BWA), Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for St Peter Colin Jordan has said.
Speaking to the media yesterday after a presentation ceremony at Boscobel Primary School during which students were presented with tablets, Jordan complained that residents living in what is referred to as the Greater Boscobel areas had been experiencing water shortages for many months.
In fact, the BLP caretaker said that the problem has worsened to the point where some residents no longer bother to complain or express frustration.
He said while the BWA has asked residents in problematic areas to store water, the taps are frequently dry for
Jordan added that many residents also complain that the water tankers visit when most people are at work and, therefore, unable to take advantage of it.
“In other situations, sometimes the trucks, they told me, come as far as Gays [Village] and never get into Boscobel. And so persons have had to drive their cars to standpipes far away, just to get water,” he said.
The heir apparent to Member of Parliament for the area Owen Arthur stressed that this ongoing issue, like in other parts of the island, has been affecting the residents’ way of life.
“It is really inconveniencing a lot of people. People aren’t able to get to work sometimes, or even get to work on time. Children getting to school late, sometimes children not being able to go to school.
“In our world, going out to work and to school, we need a better service. We know there are issues with the pipeline but if you are going to be sending trucks, then the residents need to have an idea of when the trucks are going to come. If you want people to have access to water, then you are going to have to come when people are at home from work,” he said.