Barbados Water Authority blames Construction Boom for burst Mains across island

The ongoing construction boom in Barbados is continuing to cause disruptions to a significant number of Barbados Water Authority customers and damage to the water distribution network…

In the latest two incidents, contractors have burst two major transmission mains which fee the north and a significant part of the central parts of the island.

Project Manager Marketing & Communications, Dale Miller said that contractors have damaged the ten inch main feeding the Rock Hall reservoir out of the Warleigh pumping station and reservoir.

Residents between Rock Hall and Mount Stepney including Lonesome Hill, Indian Ground, French Village, Farleigh Hill and surrounding areas have been affected.

?Contractors undertaking road works along Highway 2A also damaged the transmission main feeding Shop Hill from Warleigh? he added.

This has disrupted the water supply to areas from Westmoreland to Welches in St Thomas including Sea view, Arch Hall, Sandy Land, Bagatelle, Redman’s Village, parts of Prior Park and Thorpe?s.

?The BWA is again cautioning contractors, that despite their desire to meet deadlines they have to exercise extreme caution when in the vicinity of water mains and to collaborate more with the BWA?, Mr Miller appealed.

?The damage to the water infrastructure causes too much disruption of the distribution system and difficulties for our customers? he added.

The Project Manager is also alerting customers that as construction and road works intensifies that they must be aware that further service disruptions are possible and to take the appropriate precautionary measures.

?The BWA tanker fleet while it assists with the situation is unable to cope with such large area which have service disruptions? he warned.

The bursts occurred on a day when the BWA?s crews were already stretched dealing with bursts in Parish Land Christ Church, Mangrove and Bushy Park, St Philip.

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