Taps still dry for some residents

Government yesterday announced that the majority of the Barbados Water Authority’s (BWA) pumping stations were back in operation, following days of shortages as a result of islandwide power outages on Monday and Tuesday.

Minister of Water Resources Wilfred Abrahams warned that the levels in the reservoirs remained low and it would take another 24 hours for them to return to normal.

However, as he spoke, residents in some parts of St Joseph were crying out over dry taps, dry standpipes and issues with the community tanks.

Giving an update on the situation at a press briefing at Government Headquarters, Abrahams said the Castle Grant system which supplied water to customers in St Joseph was still being replenished, as it was yet to reach a level that would allow pumping to resume to areas supplied by that system.

Low water levels also delayed pumping at the Apes Hill pumping station, he reported, while the Ionics desalination plant on Spring Garden was back online, since that was one of the priority areas for reconnection by the Barbados Light & Power if the electricity went down.

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