Project Execution Unit
Operation BA-L1015/ Loan 2255/ OC-BA
Water & Sanitation Systems Upgrade Project
The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) obtains its water supply from twenty (20) groundwater wells, two (2) springs and one (1) privately owned reverse osmosis desalination plant. This water is distributed through a network consisting of approximately three thousand two hundred kilometres (3,200 km) of water mains, thirty (30) reservoirs located both under and above ground and seventeen (17) re-pumping stations (booster-pumps).
Therefore BWA is undertaking this project using both technical and managerial techniques to recover the revenues lost through non-revenue water.
Goals & Objectives
The goal of the project is to improve water resources management in Barbados and sustainable water and wastewater service provision by the Barbados Water Authority (BWA). Specifically, the Project will support the Government of Barbados’ efforts to modernize the institutional setting of the water and sanitation sector and improve water production infrastructure and the efficiency of the operations of the BWA.
The Project’s implementation period is 5 years from 2011 to 2016 at an estimated cost of around US $55 million and is comprised of the following three major components.
Component 1: Reorganization and modernization of the BWA (US$6.4 million)
This component will address the institutional strengthening needs of the BWA and will include:
1. The preparation of a long-term business plan including:
- Human resources strategy,
- Implementation of organizational/corporate structure changes
- An operational strategy (standard operational procedures)
- Change management/re-branding
- Benchmark performance standards
- 24-hour service provision of maintenance services
- Implementation of long-term customer service plan
- A review of the role of the BWA as regulator of water abstraction – in order to prepare the BWA for regulation by the FTC
2. Integration of IT systems
3. Installation of the Customer Information System (CIS) and subsequent training
4. Preparation of a public awareness campaign
5. Installation of Management Information Systems (MIS) such as:
- Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA)
- Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- A Hydraulic Network Model and training
Component 2: Rehabilitation of potable water supply (US$35.6 million):
This component will include:
1. Non-Revenue Water (NRW) reduction through:
- The meter installation and replacement project
- The establishment of island-wide Water Management Districts
- A mains replacement project
- Upgrade of potable water facilities
2. Equipment upgrades and energy efficient alternatives, including renewable energy.
Component 3: Wastewater treatment action plan and upgrades (US$3.45 million):
This component will include the development of:
1. A wastewater reuse master plan
2. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of wastewater reuse for aquifer recharge
3. A study of the viability of wastewater reuse in the context of tariff setting and subsidies
4. The South Coast Sewerage System improvement program, including:
- The design of emergency bypass
- The replacement of odour control system
- The installation of full SCADA
- Equipment replacement
The Project Team
The Project Team is responsible for the planning, monitoring and reporting on the performance and progress of all project activities.
The team appointed to execute this project is highly motivated and dedicated to the timely completion of the project by the most efficient and effective means possible. Following is the current team composition:
Project Manager – Lawrence Cumberbatch
Financial / Accounting Officer – Oneil Brathwaite
Procurement Officer – Gregory Gaskin
Information Systems Manager – Washington Jordan
Information Technologist – Rosalyn Callender
Public Relations Officer – Kim Young
Project Engineer – Kim Best
Project Engineer – Shelley Parris
Engineer Assistant – Jake Belgrave
Engineer Assistant – Argyle Maynard
Secretary – Carol-Ann Sealy
Receptionist/Clerical Officer – Stacia Newsam
Office Attendant – Michelle Carter
Administrative Officer – Daun Alleyne
We must remember however that integral to the success of this project is the participation and involvement of BWA Management and Staff who will eventually manage and operate all of the installed systems.
Additionally, many groups are involved in the management and implementation of the project from a stakeholder perspective. These include:
- The parent ministry of the BWA – Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management
- The Project Steering Committee – Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Public Investment Unit
- Trade Unions (BWU & NUPW)
Further information on the project can be obtained by contacting us using the following information.
Telephone: (246) 417-3050
Facsimile: (246) 417-1303
In the very near future the public will also be able to obtain information on the project using our website. This will be publicised as soon as it is completed.