The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) and the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) stepped in jointly today to avert a potential public health hazard in the community of Bowling Alley, St Joseph.
Water and sanitation officials were concerned that mounds of garbage were being piled next to the community water tank, which had been shut down.
“Garbage can compromise the tank and what’s in it. So it really sounded an alarm for the Barbados Water Authority because we are obviously concerned about the quality of water,” water authority spokesperson authority’s rapid response and communications manager, Joy-Ann Haigh, told Barbados TODAY.
Concerned residents agreed with the officials and quickly moved the garbage to a temporary area even as they received assurances from the SSA’s spokesman Carl Padmore that their refuse would be removed as soon as possible.
“Let me apologize for the delay in the collection and assure the residents that the [Sanitation Services] Authority is doing all in its power to regularize collection to the north of the island,” he said.
Now that the garbage has been moved the BWA will reactivate the tank, Haigh said.
“We will first test it to make sure it is okay, have it cleaned and then refill it,” she said.