Local personalities Stokely Murray, David D2 Davis and biking group MTB 246 went to the rescue of residents in the water scarce parish of St Joseph monday afternoon.
Travelling in a truck filled with boxes of bottled water, the Weekend Water Warriors visited areas such as Surinam and Bondwell where taps have been dry for a very long time.
The drive is the second hosted by Davis of Renaissance Designs and associates to offer some form of assistance to those individuals affected by water shortages.
Murray told Barbados TODAY he was overcome with emotion on seeing the residents’ plight.
“It’s getting me very upset because it’s not even me and to know that people are going through days upon days . . . with nothing . . .” he said.
“It has been so long without having water . . . They are not getting water [and] no one is giving them any answers. Water trucks are coming haphazardly
. . . . Sometimes they can’t get them, some elderly persons are in their homes and aren’t able to come to the door to even get water.
“So there is a whole area of concerns, questions and frustrations and anger from persons within the communities,” he added.
An overwhelmed Murray said it was the responsibility of Barbadians to collectively do their part and give the affected residents hope that “Barbadians do care about them”.
Business owner and calypsonian Davis added: “It can’t be business like normal when people can’t get water.”
The residents were extremely thankful for the water donations.
“This is the best thing that happen for the day!” declared Surinam resident Grantley Hall.
He said the water situation had been bad since last November and has not got any better.
“You know what it is to bathe in a bucket of water and [when] it done, you still feel like you want to go again? Well that’s the situation that most of the people in here going through,” he told Barbados TODAY.
He, like many other residents, was dissatisfied with the service from the Barbados Water Authority (BWA), saying the water trucks were not reliable.
Another resident, Lionel Garnes, shared Hall’s sentiments. The 59-year-old civil servant said he did not feel reassured by the BWA, noting that promises made had not been fulfilled.
He also charged that there were truck drivers taking money in exchange for water.
Fellow resident Maurice Chase was also angered at the circumstances under which he and the other residents were expected to live.
“Nobody should be fighting for water,” he said, adding that it was infuriating for residents to be restricted to buckets of water and running behind water trucks.