Water woes hit the North
a little better off than her son as she had a 450-gallon tank in her backyard. She said she used the water from the tank to wash tableware and clothes, and to bathe and feed her animals. She said she bought the tank in 2016 after several districts in the north experienced frequent water outages.
Lack of water
Ena Edwards said that she was annoyed at the lack of water. She and her neighbour Eudera Harding said that the water quality has been “atrocious” for that past two years. Edwards explained that the water was brown and “looked like mauby syrup and when you boiled it, a lot of fine grits like at the bottom of the water.” She added that “a grease-like substance settled at the top of the saucepan”. The retired woman said that she invested in a filtration system, but it went bad recently.
Another resident, who requested anonymity, said the outages were an inconvenience, adding that the water came on around 11 p.m. or during the afternoon but the pressure was low. She explained that a public tank was removed from the district early last month for cleaning.
When contacted, Barbados Water Authority’s rapid response and communications manager Joyann Haigh said: “We will investigate the matter in its entirety . . . I will speak to the distribution department and ask for a report so we can launch an investigation, narrow down the areas and get the problem rectified as soon as possible”.
Residents say discoloured water has been running from their taps for a while.