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Water relief for Eastern parishes

Sheria Brathwaite

Water relief for Eastern parishes
Officials from the BWA conversing after the media briefing at Mount Pleasant pumping station in St Philip yesterday. (Picture by Sandy Pitt.)

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The Vineyard Water Augmentation project has come on stream, bringing relief to residents in parts of St John, St Joseph, St Thomas and St Andrew, who were plagued with constant water outages for many years.

On Saturday during a media briefing at Mount Pleasant pumping station in St Philip, officials from the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) announced that the system became operational two months ago.

Technical advisor to the BWA board of management, Dr John Mwanza, said the project was to be completed in 12 to 14 months but there were delays due to weather.

The BWA has been transferring between half million to one million gallons of water from Groves, St Philip to the Vineyard reservoir into this pumping station and ultimately to the Golden Ridge reservoir in St George.

One of the two tanks constructed is operational and the other, which primarily serves as a backup, is yet to be completed.

Chairman of the BWA Stevon Roberts said the state agency has been in communication with residents, whose water supply comes from this pumping station, and they have given positive feedback stating that service has been more reliable since it came on stream.

He added that the $16 million project had additional benefits for residents in neighbouring communities which included added storage capacity for future developments in Palmers and Three Houses in St Philip and Stewart Hill in St John. (SB)