Minister of Water Resource Management, Dr David Estwick, has rolled out a programme to address the water outages currently affecting the northern parishes of the island.
Estwick outlined his plan while addressing the monthly meeting of his St Philip West branch at the Princess Margaret Secondary School in Six Roads.
Disclosing that pumping at the Alleynedale Well, Molyneaux, Ashton Hall, St Joseph Hospital Well and the Whim on the west coast had to be all discontinued last week because there was not enough fresh water, Estwick announced that two emergency package desalination plants were on their way to Barbados and they would be in the Bridgetown Port very soon.
The St Philip West MP said that one of the emergency packaged desalination plants would be placed back at the Hope Plantation in St Lucy where it was located in 2004 and the other would be set up in the Battaley’s, Mullins Bay area in St Peter.
Dr Estwick further revealed that officials of the Barbados Water Authority had settled on two contractors to build two permanent desalination plants in the country.
Stressing that Government is vigorously pursuing plans to eliminate water outages across the country, Dr Estwick announced that he has already given permission to the Board of Directors of the BWA to ask that the Desalination Plant that already exists “carry itself to the maximum”.
Dr Estwick said he has asked William Industries to expand the present Desalination Plant output by as much as three million gallons.
He also gave residents of St Joseph, parts of St Thomas, St Andrew and St Peter the assurance that with the completion of the well at Sweet Vale, St George the water feeding into the Castle Grant Reservoir would address the current water outages in those areas. (NC)