Minister of Agriculture Dr David Estwick (right) and Barbados Water Authority general manager Dr John Mwansa. (Picture by Reco Moore)
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MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, Fisheries and Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick today held a media briefing on the state of Barbados’ water resources.
Residents to the north and east of the island have been hit by persistent water outages.
Following are the mid to long-term solutions to Barbados’ water scarcity problems which were outlined today by Dr Estwick.
- The Barbados Water Authority has put in an order for eight additional water tankers to provide potable water for residents of St Joseph, St Andrew and St John.
- The tankers will take the BWA complement to 13, and they should be in Barbados in about two months.
- The BWA is presently rehabilitating a well at Groves in St George aimed at providing an additional 500 000 gallons of water to the Golden Ridge/Castle Grant system which supplies the northern parishes.
- The BWA has also completed a new pumping station at the Lazaretto, Black Rock, St Michael which allows it to push desalinated water down the island’s west coast into the St Peter system to get water to St Peter and St Lucy until the completion of the Northern Upgrade project which was started under a previous administration.
- The St Philip Water Augmentation project to find additional water to alleviate shortages in the south of Barbados will be commissioned next Wednesday, allowing the BWA access to an additional 3.5 million gallons of water per day, some of which will be pushed to St Joseph, via Bowmanston in St John. (BA)