Call it irony of ironies.
But the contrast was not lost on some St Joseph residents or motorists passing through that beautifully verdant parish this morning.
From the break of dawn householders in Horse Hill and some surrounding areas were beginning their Sunday activities of washing, bathing and cooking with water from a tank provided by the Barbados Water Authority.
Their own domestic taps, as usual, were dry.
However, while they were enduring this seemingly never ending frustration, a burst pipe at Joe’s River Bridge was gushing gallons of the precious commodity into the air, the road and the nearby gully area.
And as if that was not bad enough, about 200 metres away from the bridge another burst pipe at St Elizabeth Village was also gushing water into the air. Residents said they had notified the Barbados Water Authority of both situations.
With any luck, the Rapid Response Unit will save the day.