Executing Agency The Barbados Water Authority (BWA)
Project Coordinator Mr. George Reifer
Project Engineer Various Consultants procured through the project
Financing Agency Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)
Terms of Funding Loan Amount: BBD$ 71,334,000.00
Start Date August 2016



As part of an initiative to achieve the goals of a twenty (20) year long term strategic plan for improved services to the Barbadian public, the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) has embarked on the Water Supply Upgrade Network Project (WatSNUP), funded by the Caribbean Development Bank. This project, designed to mitigate the challenges experienced by the BWA, will address issues pertaining to failing infrastructure, inefficiency in operations and frequency of water outages currently experienced throughout the island. In this regard, the overall goal of the project is to increase the level of efficiency of operations, through investments in areas that impact service, delivery and efficiency. Specific objectives identified as necessary to achieve the above goals include:

A) Enhance the safety and functionality of water production:

    • Water tanks
    • Reservoirs
    • facility upgrades

B) Reduce operational costs:

    • Non-revenue water reduction project
    • mains replacement
    • photovoltaic installation

C) Tariff proposal project and staff training

D) Consideration of climate change:

      • Climate change vulnerability assessment

This project is in alignment with the Barbados Water Authority Strategic Plan 2016 – 2021, strategic imperatives listed below:

    • Reduce non-revenue water
    • Enhance and update operational infrastructure
    • Implement water resource sustainability projects


    The expected benefits include:

      1. Enhanced safety and efficiency of the potable water supply system in Barbados
      2. Enhanced water sector planning capacity in the areas of gender inclusion, non-revenue water (NRW) management and climate change adaptation planning.
      3. Reduced instances of water outages to households, schools, businesses and healthcare facilities
      4. Institutional strengthening through staff training
      5. Reduced operational costs through renewable energy generation
      6. Reduction in maintenance costs with new mains, water tanks and refurbished reservoirs
      7. Increased drought resilience
      8. Improved leak detection system and reduction in non-revenue water
      9. Greater understanding of gender issues and level of impact
      10. Recommendations for cost of service improvements
      11. Enhanced safety conditions for BWA staff
      12. Reduced supplemental funding

     Storage Tank at Mount Stepney, St. Peter

    Storage Tank at Indian Ground, St. Peter


    2 Benthams Road to Charles Duncan O’Neal Rd St. Lucy
    3 Charles Duncan O’Neal Rd to Trents St. Lucy
    5 Church Gap St. Andrew
    7 Logan Road Junction to St. Judes Primary St. George
    8 Greens Junction to Logan Road Junction St. George
    10 Drax Hall Jump to Drax Hall Woods St. George
    11 Drax Hall Woods to Mount Gardens St. George
    12 Logan Road Junction to Middleton St. George
    13 Applewhaites Plantation to Locust Hall St. George
    14 Four Road to Todds St. John
    15 Highway H (Colleton to Massiah Street) St. John
    16 Colleton Plantation to Coach Hill St. John
    17 Church View / Newcastle St. John
    18 Pothouse Road St. John
    19 Welch Town St. John
    20 Gall Hill to Coach Hill (including side roads) St. John

    Storage Tank at Half Acre, St. Lucy