Residents of White Hill, St Andrew have accused the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) of committing “high-class robbery” by sending them excessive water bills.
Some of the residents, who have been expressing their anger and frustration at the BWA over regular water outages, say their bills have more than doubled despite the dry taps they have been experiencing in recent months.
Margaret Gill is among those who have complained in the past about the struggles that the people of her community endure just to take a shower or cook a meal.
She told Barbados TODAY she could not understand why she received a bill for $112 in January when “we hardly getting water”.
“From 50 somebody dollars to $112 and [I] ain’t getting no water. How you get that work out? They [must be] dealing with estimated bills.
“They got to do something about it because I can’t pay $112 for something I ain’t getting. It ain’t right; this is high-class robbery for poor people,” Gill said.
“And my fish in there suffering because it ain’t getting no water,” added Antonio Springer, another member of Gill’s household.
The story was the same from Eurie Holder whose bill also jumped by approximately 125 per cent, climbing from $95 to a surprising $221.
Holder said she was so stunned that she called in a plumber to investigate whether there were leaks, but found none.
However, she said her daughter paid the bill because she did not want the service disconnected.
“It is unfair that I did paying water bill for so long and dem sending me this bill. But I pay the bill, God knows I pay it,” Holder explained.
Cries of woe also came from Carlitha Andrews who had a difficult time making sense of rising bills while “the service poor”. Add an unfinished road and growing piles of refuse to their water plight and it was too much for residents of the districts to endure, she told Barbados TODAY.
“We shouldn’t be getting any bill at all. The bills escalating and when you go to the water works you getting no satisfaction. I ain’t paying no bill because I ain’t getting no water. They tell me I got to pay for a service and I want to know what is the service I paying for. Nobody can’t answer that. They telling you where to pay the bill and ain’t giving you no water,” Andrews complained.
“Everyday is a different disaster up in here. Looka the garbage there that they don’t even want to take up. It ain’t easy up in here. Your garbage can’t get take up and you can’t get any water. Well they plan kill we.”
Meantime, Gill summed up the residents’ sentiments, saying: “This is nonsense that we Bajans up in hay in White Hill, St Andrew going through.”
BWA Communications Specialist Joy-Ann Haigh told Barbados TODAY late this evening that residents should take their concerns to the General Manager Dr John Mwansa, who will investigate their queries.