Starting tomorrow, the Barbados Water Authority will be rationing water and diverting it to other areas, especially parishes to the north and east that are most in need.
During a Press conference in his Country Road, St Michael, office today, Minister of Water Resources Wilfred Abrahams said the island’s water levels had passed crisis point.
“We have had the prohibition period; we’ve heard the cries of the people affected in the higher elevations. It is now necessary for us to start the process of rationing water in order for us to get the reservoirs filled that can service the most affected areas,” he said.
Abrahams said the water lines to the Barbados’ reservoirs did not run uninterrupted and were constantly being diverted to certain districts before the water could replenish the reservoirs which then serviced areas in the North and East.
Rationing will be twice from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. and continue on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. People living in areas which had previously been enjoying relatively steady water supply such as Applewhaites in St Thomas and Locust Hall, Bournes Village, St Helens and Belair in St George will now have to catch water or rely on water trucks.
Areas that will be affected with low water pressure and outages between Bowmanston and Golden Ridge in St George and St John are: Rock Hall, St Judes, Superlative, Todds, Tappy Pond, Wilson Road, Sherbourne, Claybury, Macaroni Village, Cherry Grove, Pool, Four Roads, Lemon Arbor, Gall Hill, Carters, Glebe Land, Clifton Hall, Edge Cliff, Church View, Newcastle, Foster Hall, Pothouse and surrounding areas.
Areas that will be affected with low water pressure and outages between Applewhaites and Golden Ridge in St Thomas and St George are: Applewhaites, Locust Hall, Bournes Village, St Helens, Belair, Groves Tenantry, Roach Village, Paradise, Jericho, Market Hill, Cottage Grove Development, Cottage Retreat, Cottage Retreat, Bridge Cot, Newbury, Hopewell, Grand View, Vaucluse, Content, Proute, Strong Hope, Shop Hill, Christie Village, Cane Garden Heights and surrounding areas. (CA)