While residents of the northern parishes sweat over dry taps, there was water everywhere in Jacaranda Circle, St Philip, although not for drinking.
A burst main, which had been left untreated since December 23, left angry residents wondering why the precious commodity was being allowed to go to waste while the people of the north were begging for water.
“It was really disheartening to see that water wasting and [to] read in the papers that people in St Joseph [are] without water for days on days,” said Michael Ray, who resides in nearby Ruby Park. Ray, who discovered the burst pipe while on his morning walk, was annoyed with the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) because he had reported the broken main twice and had seen no signs that it would be repaired.
Pamela Morgan said she had also been calling the BWA all morning long because the water was affecting her well.
“I keep smelling this thing and I came look into my well [and] my well was full of water. My well was pumped on the 18th . . . [the Barbados] Water Authority going to have to come and pump my well,” a clearly upset Morgan told Barbados TODAY.
She too said she found it worrying that some parishes were complaining about water shortages while “you have water up here gushing down”.
Returning to his homeland from Switzerland for the holidays, Lennox Ward said he was troubled by the uninterrupted flow of water. He said he had heard several complaints about broken mains and wondered whether it made sense to install new water metres when there was a recurring problem with the mains.
By 4 p.m. today, a team from BWA had arrived to rectifying the problem.