Residents of St John say they have been crying out for help with “no relief,” and chief among the challenges is the current water crisis.
“It is very frustrating,” Ronald Waithe a constituent, told a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) meeting last night at the Gill and Gollop Centre of the St John Parish Church.
The constituency is one of the many battling with severe water shortages and consistent water outages that have been blamed on the drought.
“It is not so much so that there is drought and that they [the Barbados Water Authority] are rationing water, it is how you are rationing water,” Waithe told the audience which included Opposition representives Cynthia Forde, Kerrie Symmonds, and Santia Bradshaw.
“Pray tell me why there are certain individuals that their pipes don’t go off at all and mine goes off three and four times a day?” he asked, suggesting the matter was political.
“The water that we are getting is between midnight and four o’clock in the morning . . . You know how many times I get catch with soap on my body? That is because there is no set pattern, and that is the biggest problem we have and there are many,” Waithe contended.
The outspoken St John resident also charged that commercial banks were no longer “trusting cross cheques from the Government”, as he was now forced to wait a number of days to access monies from such transactions.
BLP hopeful Fabian “Dandelion” Jones said that he had also encountered similar difficulties, explaining that it was one the reasons he was seeking the nod to represent the people
of St John.
A resident of Messiah Street, St John, Jones described the water woes facing the parish as simply intolerable.
“St John has no voice, there is no representation and that is a huge problem right now . . . in St John,” Jones said.
One of his rivals, Dr George Brathwaite, charged: “The problem in St John is not necessarily water alone, it is not necessarily roads alone, it is not necessarily street lighting or by itself the high unemployment among our youth, we have a problem of non representation.”