BWA on the Way to Solving Problems in its Distribution Network
Over the past few days, the Barbados Water Authority has been impacted by a number of problems in various sections of its distribution network.
Today, Monday, of major concern is a water outage in several St. Joseph and St. Thomas districts. Marketing Officer, Yvette Harris-Griffith stated that “this problem arose because of low reservoir levels at the Castle Grant facility. Castle Grant receives water from Apes Hill and Golden Ridge Reservoirs where the water levels are now too low to pump. BWA Engineers are working to adjust the feed into Golden Ridge by pumping some extra water from Sweet Vale.”
In addition, over the weekend, the Authority was impacted by power outages that severely impaired its ability to maintain continuous pumping from some facilities.
A problem developed on Friday with a pump at the Ellerton Station. That pump was changed and water should have been flowing back to all of the affected areas. However, outages or low pressure remains a challenge for customers in districts such as Blenman Road. BWA crews are currently investigating this report because it appears that there may be a blockage in a section of the main feeding that area.
There was a power outage between late Friday night and early Saturday morning that affected four (4) stations along the West Coast up to St. Peter. These included Lodge Hill and Haymans and a pump was damaged at Ashton Hall. That pump has since been changed and pumping to all affected areas was resumed.
Then by early this morning, Monday, some St. Philip areas suffered a power outage that affected the Hampton Pumping Station.
“While I am happy to report that all pumps at that facility are back online and water has started flowing back to the affected districts, there are still a few St. Philip and Christ Church areas still suffering low pressure or a water outage. We ask for your patience as it will take some time for levels at the Rising Sun Reservoir that feed these areas to return to normal,” Mrs. Harris-Griffith added.
The BWA advises all affected customers that it has deployed a fleet of approximately nine (9) water tankers plus its Super Tanker to assist customers in the interim while outages persist.
Regarding the Tanker service, the Authority is getting assistance from partners in both the public and private sector. Seale’s Trucking has come on board to help distribute water and the Barbados Defence Force is providing crews to help sustain the distribution of water by tanker while the outages are ongoing. Other members of the BWA team are also in the field today distributing buckets to customers to assist in this regard.
Overall we ask our valued customers to bear with the Authority as we work address your issues and restore water to all the affected areas.
Should you have a query or want to let us know about your situation please call us on 434-4292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org