The Barbados Water Authority has advised that it will be shutting off water in some areas, as one of its suppliers has taken precautionary measures against potential damage to equipment from Tropical Storm Matthew.
The BWA’s Stephen Lindo told Barbados TODAY that Ionics Freshwater Ltd has had to shut down its desalination plant at Spring Garden during the inclement weather.
That desalination plant supplies water to the BWA, and according to Lindo, since it was not sending water to some of the BWA’s stations, the company has had to turn off the St Stephen’s and Lodge Hill pumping stations.
As a result, certain stations that are fed from those reservoirs could be impacted.
Some of the affected areas are Black Rock, St Stephens, Grazettes, Thorpes, Clermont, Green Hill, and Lodge Hill.
The BWA has advised customers in those areas and surrounding communities to collect water until the weather improves and the desalination plant is back in operation.