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BWA better on leaks

BARRY ALLEYNE, [email protected]

BWA better on leaks

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THE BARBADOS WATER AUTHORITY (BWA) is now much better equipped to discover and repair leaks in its century-old infrastructure.

Consultant with the BWA, Dr John Mwansa, revealed to Parliament yesterday that high-tech equipment secured by the state agency had allowed them to fast-track response teams and times, even though they were still very reliant on members of the public assisting, since some leaks not detected by equipment were only known when water reached the surface.

Only last month, the BWA lost millions of gallons of water after what was described as one of the worst burst mains was discovered at Fairview, Christ Church. The area, which was left like a swamp, resulted in outages in Christ Church and St Philip.

Mwansa was speaking during the 2020 Estimates Debate, as Government’s question-and-answer segment saw him responding in the Well of Parliament to several questions posed by Minister of Tourism and MP for St James Central, Kerrie Symmonds.

Mwansa noted that with more leaks being detected, and workers also still using traditional methods to find them as well, the BWA had put itself in a position to reduce non-revenue issues which had plagued it for decades.(BA)

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