The Belle Pumping Station was shut down from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. today. The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) said this was done in order to increase the water supply at the station.
For the last few days, the Belle station has not been pumping at full capacity leading to low water pressure or outages in parts of Christ Church and parts of St Michael and the BWA said the three-hour shut down is expected to rectify this problem.
In addition, the BWA said there has also been low water pressure and outages in the north of the island in areas along Highway 2A such as Bagatelle, Redmans Village, Prior Park, Melrose and surrounding districts. It said this is primarily due to a power outage across the island on Saturday, October 21.
After power was restored the BWA stations went back online but the reservoirs remained low. A subsequent power outage last night sent the Haymans and Whim stations in the north offline again leading to intermittent outages; water levels at those stations are slowly returning to normal.
The BWA is also investigating a suspected burst main which is likely impacting parts of Chalky Mount and Cambridge in St Andrew, St Joseph and surrounding districts.