BARBADOS WATER AUTHORITY EMBARKS ON GEO-REFERENCING OF ITS WATER SERVICES
The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) is embarking on a project to geo-reference all of its potable water services – both metered and fixed rate. This means that geo-spatial coordinates will be applied to all BWA services. The project which is expected to last four (4) months begins this month September 2011.
The Geo-Referencing project will be conducted in two (2) segments. The first will comprise a pilot phase of approximately seven (7) weeks duration. This pilot will be centred within certain southern districts of St. Philip and Christ Church where some forty percent (40%) of the Authority’s services are located.
Immediately following this pilot, a review of the project will be done before the second segment covering the remainder of the island is tackled. The entire project including the pilot phase will embrace continuous assessment and review along with the requisite quality control measures.
The primary reason for embarking on the project is to ascertain a more accurate assessment of the non-revenue water within the Barbados Water Authority’s distribution network and address the problem. The information collected will allow the BWA to manage/reduce the percentage of non-revenue water first at a community level, then at a district, parochial and finally at a national level.
Management of this unaccounted-for-water will mean that the Authority will be in a position to address resolution of the problem via various methods. For example:
• Area specific education on conservation and correct water use habits;
• More intense leak detection efforts focused in specific identified problem areas;
• Mains replacement in targeted areas.
The project forms part of a wholistic approach by the Barbados Water Authority to review and upgrade its distribution network with a mind to providing a more reliable service to all its customers while judiciously managing the inputs and outputs from its mains.
The other related upcoming projects will be:-
1) The metering of all remaining fixed-rate services;
2) The establishment of district metering areas;
3) A meter replacement programme; and
4) A mains replacement and upgrade programme.
The Geo-Referencing project will be undertaken by contractors working on BWA’s behalf. Their agents will present a Barbados Water Authority I.D. as they move around the island and conduct the business at hand.