Some BWA reconnections coming in crisis
More than 550 Barbados Water Authority (BWA) customers are to be reconnected as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a press release yesterday, manager of recoveries Kim Inniss revealed that the BWA’s records showed that 3 081 residential customers were disconnected.
“After screening both the records and conducting confirmatory inspections on a case by case basis, a total of 559 services were selected for reconnection, if occupied,” she said.
The remaining 2 522 accounts constituted properties that the BWA received a request to disconnect the water service of vacant properties, seasonal occupancies or for the investigation of major leaks.
In her wrap-up of debate on the 2020 Appropriation Bill on March 20, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley directed the BWA to reconnect customers who might have had their service terminated recently.
The recommendation was part of the efforts to assist those who fell on hardship during the shutdown and to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Health stipulations call for frequent handwashing and sanitising to stop the virus spreading.
Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Wilfred Abrahams, advised residential customers who wished to be reconnected to call the BWA Customer Service Department at 836-4655, 836-4680, 836-4683 and 836-4766.
The BWA said that in order to protect its staff, “until further notice the Barbados Water Authority will only be operating its payment section at the Pine Headquarters” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
It will carry out repairs to emergency burst pipes and burst mains. (PR)
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