BARBADOS (Naked Departure) — “A RESPONSE TO the RESPONSE by press conference” an analogy. A MISERABLE FAILURE of rhetoric to disclose REASONS why Barbadians (of rural parishes) are being held hostage of their right to an adequate supply of water. It was not addressed.
1. “Barbados is using more water than it has….”
HOW CAN THIS BE? If of the 100% of water that is pumped from wells, 30-60% is lost to leakages. You can’t get 120% from 100%.
2. “…and the people in the areas most affected by outages are not being overlooked because of politics”.
THAT SEEMS TO BE A conflicting and a CONFIRMATION OF NEGLECT/OVERLOOKING but politics is not to be blamed, THEN WHAT/ WHO is to blame?
3. “Barbados can no longer rely on rainfall and groundwater for its potable water supply”.
FOR THIS IS A VERY STRANGE, BOLD AND “PROPHETIC” STATEMENT, one that only can be made if one has control over the elements or know of another who has and had been given some assurance of such, yet evidence shows that rain seem not to be any problem ANYWHERE HERE, SPELLS need not be casted.
4. STRESSING that development had taken a toll on supply (using 20-year-old stats.), then WHY are such developments (NEW and UNDER CONSTRUCTION on arable lands) are being allowed especially in affected water starved areas.
Case point: Mount Brevitor, St. Peter… would not this compound the situation further, knowing that applications made to TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING must have Water Authority imput for final decision-making?
5. “Drought conditions are felt more intensely in higher elevations as wells and reservoirs serving the north of the country have reduced pumping capacity”.
DROUGHT IS DROUGHT and does not exhibit partiality in any area that it affects, high or low elevations are not differentiated.
6. “Rain runs downhill towards the ocean which is why 19 of our 24 ells are coastal”…
Runoff (excess water) run downhill, water penetration occurs at total land mass, high and low.
THIS IS DISCLOSURE that reservoirs are really found in low-lying/coastal areas. Could this also mean that the Marinas have impacted these aquifers resulting in elevated levels of salinity? Where are the wells in St.Peter and surrounding parishes located and has there been any closures of any?
WHY HAS PUMPING BEEN REDUCED?… Pump problems? Salinity? If pumps are faulty then replace them.
IF SALT WATER FROM THE OCEAN has impacted the aquifers then that is a whole new can of worms.
7. FINANCING AND PRIVATE SECTOR ENGAGEMENT. “In this regard Government has engage a private sector partnership with two operators to make a complete water storage tank system available, first to the residents of the affected areas, THEN TO THE REST OF BARBADOS”….
$4 MILLION DOLLARS to supply tanks. Who are the two operators? Doing the maths, 100,000 households @$500.per tank equates to $50,000 000 (50 Million)…ummm not to mention that in these harsh and financially burdensome times, it suggests that the higher purchase route will be taken by the poor meaning even a greater returns on this initiative.
8. ON DESALINATION PLANTS
… 1. SPRING GARDEN, ST. MICHAEL
… 2. THE HOPE, ST. LUCY
… 3. To be commissioned by NOVEMBER..?? WHERE??
… 4. ……………….
The increase in output at spring garden equals a larger invoice payable. according to a Party hopeful, residents in parts of St. Lucy are battling with very brown water since installation of the desalt plant there also of note that the Spring Garden plant had issued a statement that an inadequate supply of electricity will affect its operations.
9. OF SUPERIORITY and THE LAW.
Note that the water situation is under stress and duress and “ATTENTION” SEEM only be forthcoming when THE PRIME MINISTER and controlling bodies (FTC) demand action at the expense of threatened penalties. Sad as it is… JUST to get the job done.
THERE ARE PILLARS AND THERE ARE PILLARS, cockroach has no business in fowlcock yard.
RETURN THE WATER TO THE PEOPLE! Anonymous