Businesses to supply BWA with water tanks
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.