It has been three months since Jason Parris has had a proper shower due to water outages, the Bissex, St Joseph resident revealed.
Therefore, his delight was palpable when the Weekend Water Warriors delivered a case of drinking water to his home.
Parris, who has lived in the community for 35 years, admitted the situation with the shower would not change, but he was happy to have the precious resource at last.
“I ain’t bathe in about three months, but I could as well get some water to drink now,” he said.
Parris said there was just one community tank serving more than 50 families in the district, making it difficult for residents to capture sufficient water for taking a bath, cooking and doing daily chores.
“If the water truck come and full up that tank, the tank dead by the next hour ’cause everybody got to come and get water,” he said.
“If wunna didn’t do it [deliver water to him], nobody else would have done it, and it’s a big help.”
Local personalities Stokely Murray, David D2 Davis and the biking group MTB 246 began Weekend Water Warriors as a voluntary gesture to transport bottled water to communities where dry taps have become part of residents’ daily lives.
The programme appears to be gaining national attention, with the exercise recording its largest group of volunteers yet last weekend, as it was joined by students from Harrison College and Coleridge and Parry, members of the Barbados Women’s Rugby Team, Fran’s Hikers and Freddy Hill of FAS Entertainment.
Supplied with 150 cases of bottled water by Glacier Pure, the group, travelling in more than ten vehicles, made stops in Spa Hill and Bissex, St Joseph and some parts of St Andrew and St Thomas.
The students were especially eager, opting to walk through roads that the vehicles could not master, to deliver water to the residents.
Principal of Harrison College Juanita Wade revealed that the students from first to third forms would participate in the endeavour for the next seven weeks, and would contribute cases of water until the situation improved for residents.
Assisting in the distribution, captain of the Bajan Pride Women’s Rugby Team Danielle Phillips, who has also been affected by the shortage, exclaimed: “It’s amazing how many people don’t have water.
“I do understand the experience but I didn’t know it was quite so extensive – so much people,” the Hillaby, St Thomas resident said.