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More water outages for Christ Church and St Philip

MARIA BRADSHAW, [email protected]

More water outages for Christ Church and St Philip

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Residents in Christ Church and parts of St Philip who were experiencing sporadic service will be without water for a few more days.

Earlier today, a crew from the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) discovered a massive 16-inch burst main in the region of  Woodbourne/Searles, Christ Church.

The magnitude of the leak created a huge swampy area, from which workers at the BWA will first have to clear wood and debris and then pump off the excess water before repairs can be effected.

As a result, the water will be turned off at 7 p.m. today.

Minister of Water Resources Management Wilfred Abrahams says they had a crisis meeting with management and the engineers and decided to explore every option because they could not understand why the levels were not returning.

“Millions of gallons of water is being lost out here, but to actually do the fix will cause significant disruption for customers,” he said.

Work started immediately and they are getting assistance from several companies.

The BWA will put contingency plans in place, including sending out water tankers, but residents in those areas are being urged to do what they can to deal with their own situation.

Some parts of St Philip and Christ Church have been without water for the last three days.

Last Thursday, after a disruption in electrical power, the BWA suffered pumping equipment failure at Hampton, and later that night, one pump was repaired and another replaced.

There was also a 10-inch burst the following night at Pilgrim Road, Christ Church, and it was repaired that same day.  (MB)