St Joseph residents demand for Water Resources Minister to step down

Approximately 200 protesters marched in front of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) Headquarters in the Pine, St Michael, with placards telling the woes of the shortage of the precious resource for use in daily activities.

Organiser Andrew Dixon spoke on behalf of his neighbours and said the discomfort has dragged for a year and if the current Minister cannot address their concerns, he should step down and let someone else better qualified handle the post.

Organiser Andrew Dixon spoke on behalf of his neighbours and said the discomfort has dragged for a year and if the current Minister cannot address their concerns, he should step down and let someone else better qualified handle the post.

The placard bearers came from Bowling Alley, Newton Crescent, Bissex, Chimborazo, Horse Hill and Branchbury and some said they barely made it, as they had no water in their taps this morning – one St Joseph consumer is a returning national who said he never thought he’d find this waiting for himself for Barbados’ Independence Jubilee and he wanted to know why the Prime Minister nor Dr Estwick visited the parishioners yet for their valid concerns.

The protesters were joined by parliamentary representative Dwight Sutherland, MP for St George South and fellow Barbados Labour Party member Dale Marshall, who apologised on behalf of the Opposition for part of the current problems but reminded the public he sought to have issues redressed - he drew attention to how a desalination plant was created but the funds were insufficient for laying new mains.

The protesters were joined by parliamentary representative Dwight Sutherland, MP for St George South and fellow Barbados Labour Party member Dale Marshall, who apologised on behalf of the Opposition for part of the current problems but reminded the public he sought to have issues redressed – he drew attention to how a desalination plant was created but the funds were insufficient for laying new mains.

BWA’s engineer Stephen Lindo explained the eastern parish’s consumption of potable water is 1.3 million gallons per month yet wells only provide 400,000 gallons but the Authority expects a solution will be reality by the middle of October, when a new bore-hole is drilled in Sweetvale in St George.

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