The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for St Peter, Colin Jordan, is pleading with the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) to bring relief to residents of that rural constituency.
Speaking with Barbados TODAY via telephone, Jordan said his constituents had been suffering for more than a year now from frequent water outages and he warned that their frustration was now turning to anger.
“The water issues in St Peter would have started in May of 2015 and just by way of background we’ve been asking for at least half of the year for the Barbados Water Authority personnel to come to the areas that were especially hard hit,” Jordan said.
“In recent weeks we have had a return to the prolonged periods of water outage. But what has the residents particularly perturbed is that there is an absence of water tankers. These are areas that do not have in the main, water tanks. But water tankers are scarce, and in some cases do not come at all.
“We are really calling on the Barbados Water Authority to do something to alleviate the plight of the people,” Jordan added.
He said the situation was particularly bad in areas such as Boscobelle, Gays, The Mount, Castle, Diamond Corner, Indian Ground, Four Hills, Lonesome Hill, Roebuck and Mount Brevitor. However, he complained that the cries of the residents had for the most part fallen on deaf ears with “no response” forthcoming from the BWA.
“We have residents in Ben Hill for example, who have animals which have not had water since two Saturdays ago and repeated calls have not caused the BWA to send tankers to the area,” he said.
“Water is an essential item, everybody knows that. The residents need to see the water tankers. It is not sufficient to tell us that the tankers are deployed to other areas. We are people too. We need water.”
With concerns currently being expressed that many of the affected areas are Opposition BLP strongholds, Jordan insisted that he was not politicizing the issue, but said he was asked by his constituents to bring the matter to the fore because they on their own had been trying to get resolution without success.
Meanwhile, the BWA’s Manager of Engineering Stephen Lindo remains hopeful that hard-hit communities in St Peter and St James will get some relief over the next two days.
Speaking on radio today, Lindo said the problem had been exacerbated because two pumping stations, which deliver water to the affected areas, had not been working.
“What has happened is those pumps within those two systems have gone to earth, meaning that the pumps have failed. We have changed those pumps and again they went to earth. We are trying to investigate the situation as to why two sets of pumps have gone to earth in such quick time.
“We are in the process now of removing a pump from one of our stations to replace in Haymans and we hope to get that done by the end of today or early tomorrow,” he added.