Minister of Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick has announced the immediate establishment of a Rapid Response Unit at the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) to help ease the water woes plaguing several communities.
Speaking at a press conference a short while ago, Dr Estwick said the new unit, which will operate on a two-shift system, would be responsible for addressing water outages and leakages, as well as all communication with the public. It will also deploy water tankers and be responsible for filling community tanks.
Additionally, the Government minister announced a new “hire purchase” system that would allow Barbadians — initially in the water-starved parishes of St Peter, St Joseph, St Andrew, St Thomas and St John — to acquire a complete water tanker system for a nominal charge over a five year period.
Dr Estwick said each tank, when full, could serve an average family for four to five days.