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Cries over rusty water

RACHELLE AGARD, [email protected]

Cries over rusty water

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St Lucy residents are crying out over the colour of their drinking water, but the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) says the drought conditions are partly to blame.

The pipe-borne water has been brown or orange, with particles of rust, with some householders lamenting it was soiling their white clothes.

Fifty-year-old Oswald Gilkes, of Fustic Village, who lives with his 74-year-old mother, said he could not remember how long the problem had been going on.

“You can’t wash no white clothes in it. I still getting a bill . . . and on a night I does hardly get water and can’t flush the toilet. After a couple of months the water will stop being rusty, go clear for a few weeks and then go back rusty again. [It] is all the nasty mains they have down in the earth that want changing. We can’t wash and if we want to cook, we have to wait for clean water,” he said. (RA)

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