Water to the Cattlewash Crew



The following diagram was posted by BU family member Colonel Buggy with the following note:

Not all of St Joseph people are affected by this chronic water shortage . I have yet to see a BWA water tanker in Cattlewash, with the local gentry lugging buckets, pails and poes to collect water, or filling up from one of those plastic stand tanks. This diagram is my interpretation as to why Cattlewash has been spared the indignity of going back to the stand pipe.

St. Elizabeth Village Reservoir feeding Cattlewash

St. Elizabeth Village Reservoir feeding Cattlewash

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154 Comments on “Water to the Cattlewash Crew”

  1. Crusoe January 10, 2016 at 8:10 PM #

    This water problem is just another symptom of bad management, anyone with commonsense could have seen years ago that water resource planning and URGENT implementation was necessary, in fact, as much as over seven years ago or more, this very issue was discussed on wither this or the dormant Barbados Free Press or both, re the need for more water reservoirs and desal plants.


    It is all a sad joke really. Typical however.


  2. Vincent Haynes January 10, 2016 at 9:17 PM #

    @Colonel Buggy January 9, 2016 at 10:38 PM #

    We have mentioned before the need for dams in the Scotland District…..greenland and bawdens need revitalising…….the studies will show what needs to be done…….how many times must the point be made that we know what has to be done but lack the will to do it…..talking is our best forte……sad.


  3. John January 11, 2016 at 8:53 AM #


    It’s been on going since 1946!!!

    Where were you?


  4. John January 11, 2016 at 9:08 AM #

    The Scotland District is unstable and pretty built up now.

    Dams would be problematical, probably silt up if they lasted any length.

    However, the Scotland River and the Greenland River both reach the sea at the sand pit, Long Pond and Green Pond.

    The other major “river” in the Scotland District is St. Joseph’s River, or Joe’s River so called because it passes the site of the old parish church in Frizer’s Valley.

    Two out of three is not bad.

    Here is where it might be possible to get access to almost fresh water.

    Purification would be cheaper than full blown desal.

    The owners of the Sand Pit the useful life of which is coming to an end are possessed of an extremely valuable asset, the last unused “fresh” water resource in Barbados.

    They are busy putting into effect a plan which will see the Sand Pit revert into what sounds to me like an eco farm and are very conscious of the need to leave something lasting in an area on which the construction industry has been based and has been pretty much stripped bare.

    You see why I say construction is a dead end activity in Barbados?

    No water and soon, no sand!!

    Sir COW I hear is making his.

    …. still we are lucky that the vision of the Right Excellent the Honourable Errol Walton Barrow never came to fruition.

    I am told that he actually foresaw a pier with a conveyor belt into the Atlantic at which sand barges would dock to be loaded with sand for export to the world!!

    … probably influenced by the Deep Water Harbour but just did not understand how the land works.

    You also see why I don’t have much use for politicians!!

    We really have been cursed.


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