Busi­nesses to sup­ply BWA with wa­ter tanks

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THE PRI­VATE

SEC­TOR has come to the aid of the Bar­ba­dos Wa­ter Au­thor­ity (BWA) in a ma­jor way.

Mem­bers promised all 104 com­mu­nity tanks would be do­nated, no strings at­tached, to the BWA to ser­vice the wa­ter-scarce ar­eas.

“It’s par­tic­u­larly dis­heart­en­ing that at this time, par­tic­u­larly so close to Christ­mas and when school­child­ren are go­ing to be at home and when tra­di­tion­ally wa­ter de­mand is high, we find our­selves in this predica­ment,” gen­eral man­ager Kei­throy Hal­l­i­day said.

He said that since the im­passe be­tween the BWA and In­notech, cor­po­rate Bar­ba­dos had do­nated equip­ment and cash to aid the au­thor­ity in pro­vid­ing wa­ter to wa­ter-scarce com­mu­ni­ties.

Hal­l­i­day said the BWA had been so over­whelmed by the cash sup­port that they were forced to cre­ate an ac­count at Repub­lic Bank for those do­na­tions.

The pri­vate sec­tor mem­bers at a press brief­ing in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Au­to­mo­tive Art, Wil­liams In­dus­tries, Preconco, Rock Hard Ce­ment, and José and José, along with busi­ness­man Hal­lam Ni­cholls and pres­i­dent of the Se­nate Sir Richard Chel­tenham, a for­mer par­lia­men­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tive for St Joseph.

Ni­cholls said that upon hear­ing the news of the dis­con­nec­tions, he con­tacted other mem­bers of cor­po­rate Bar­ba­dos, who all agreed to lend as­sis­tance.

He rep­ri­manded In­notech for its ac­tions.

“I think it is very un­pa­tri­otic of In­notech and also insensitive of them at this time, hav­ing been the re­cip­i­ent of many con­tracts from the BWA, to take this ac­tion.”

Au­to­mo­tive Art’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive Chris Maloney also pledged his com­pany’s sup­port and ex­plained cor­po­rate Bar­ba­dos would now show its true colours.

“The taste in every­body’s mouth af­ter this week is most un­for­tu­nate and we’re here to say we will now see how cor­po­rate Bar­ba­dos rolls,” he added.

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