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‘Sturdiness’ of tanks queried

SDB MEDIA,

Added 11 January 2019

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Workers examining one of the collapsed water tanks. (FILE)

Amidst claims from the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) that two of its new 1 000-gallon water storage tanks might have collapsed as a result of “vandalism”, a 2015 report is suggesting the contrary.

In the report dated October 26, 2015, then mechanical engineering engineer at the BWA, Edmund Brathwaite questioned the sturdiness of the 1 000-gallon tanks after a similar occurrence at Boscobel, St Peter.

Brathwaite wrote: “The integrity and sustainability of these 1 000-gallon tanks will have to be inspected more carefully when delivered from the manufacturer for any similar faults, this is to minimise any occurrence of the Boscobel, St Peter, incident and avoid any safety issues that would cause problems for the residents accessing these community tanks.”

Although efforts to reach Brathwaite, no longer with the BWA, proved futile, Hector Marshall, who worked then as the BWA’s distribution engineer, and according to the report informed Brathwaite of the ruptured tank, confirmed the incident. (SDB Media)

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