Wa­ter woes hit the North

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Community -

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”.

(Pic­tures by Ri­cardo Lea­cock.)

Res­i­dents say dis­coloured wa­ter has been run­ning from their taps for a while.

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