Member of Parliament for St Michael West Central James Paul is criticizing the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) over its slow response to a burst main in the Grazettes area.
Paul told Barbados TODAY that the water started gushing out around 12:30 last night and he was alerted to the situation about 6 this morning.
He said residents tried desperately between last night and this morning to reach the BWA but its emergency number was not working.
“What I’m concerned about is the fact that the Barbados Water Authority was slow in responding. I believe that there should be an emergency crew maintained that in the event that something like this happens that the water for the area is shut off,” Paul said.
“We have a situation where thousands of gallons of water was actually coming out from that burst main and flowing down into these areas . . . a lot of these areas have been affected as a result of this burst main.”
The MP is also concerned that the integrity of the roadway may have been compromised.
“It appears to me as if the road surface is being undermined and from what I could see here right now, because of the time that this occurred and the fact that water has been going on the road it means that some parts of this road seem to be unsafe,” Paul said.
“I would really like now MTW to please come and check and ensure that the road can be used by all traffic because it appears that as a result of the burst main that some parts of the road has been undermined and therefore I would not recommend driving any heavy vehicle on the road at this point in time,” he added.