Government Issues Tender Notice for Seawater Desalination Water Project

Tender by BWA for Construction of a Seawater Desal Plant

Tender by BWA for Construction of a Seawater Desal Plant

The water woes being suffered by Barbadians – especially in the North – for the last year merits serious discussion and action. The other issue being promoted by government – celebrating 5o years of Independence – has been competing valiantly for top spot. Using commonsense only there is agreement that there is no single issue more important than the affordable and sustainable generation and distribution of potable water at this time.

Barbadians should be grateful to witness Minister of Water David Estwick being smoked out from Hoadies by the Opposition Party to inform those who elected him the plan to correct the serious problem of water supply in this country. One bit of information shared by a bombastic David Estwick in his blustery delivery at a news conference – listen to news conference thanks to VoB –  this week is that the BWA has issued a tender to build a Seawater Desalination Water Augmentation facility. It appears he has invoked powers embedded in the law to instruct his cash strapped BWA Board to commit the government to long term liability. The people of Barbados will be eternally in your ‘debt’ Minister Estwick.

Read  Seawater Desalination Water Augmentation facility Tender Document.

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  • This will be interesting……Does he have Cabinet approval…….I hope VOB will look at all angles tomorrow on down to Brasstacks.

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  • Seawater Desalination and solar electricity.

    Makes a lot of sense to me.

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  • @Vincen

    Did Estwick not grudgingly concede during the news conference he needed assent from the ministry of finance? However we know the two have not seen eye to eye in the past.

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  • Well Well & Consequences

    “During 1998-2003, Barbados had an average annual increase in drinking water demand of 1.5% (Oderson and Singh 2003). Annual water withdrawals in the agriculture sector in 1996 was estimated at 19 million m3 (not including golf course irrigation at 0.9 million m3), or 24% of total water use, whereas the domestic, municipal and industrial sector accounted for 26 million m3, or 32% (FAO 2000).”

    Now I know BWA falls under FTC regulators, it’s wonderful national and international interests can bid, particularly joint interests. Would be much better to vet (investigate) those who show interest.

    How long have they known that apart from leaks, water has been also stolen and was anything done. No one can say the process was not made public.

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  • Well Well & Consequences

    I particularly like the water bottling concept.

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  • @David January 16, 2016 at 7:09 PM #

    Yup,you are correct…..this is not a done deal by any means yet.

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  • Should we register some concern that Andrew Hutchinson is the engineering mouthpiece being sourced by VoB to help explain our water issues? Is this the same Hutchinson who sought to do the same about Cahill waste to energy plant at the boisterous open house hosted by Clare Cowan? Should we conclude he and his company are available for a fee?

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  • @David January 16, 2016 at 8:51 PM #

    Chuckle…….an interesting question.

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  • St George's Dragon

    Re Andrew Hutchinson, he is an engineer in a private sector consultancy. Of course he is available for a fee. If you paid him, he would probably work for you as well.

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  • @Well Well,
    As far as I am aware the BWA is not under the FTC. I am probably wrong.

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  • @ David
    Desalination is an expensive approach to harvesting water. It is done where money is no object, when engineering is top notch, and where the end product is highly valued.

    Places such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar etc routinely use desalination….

    BUT…
    Only a big-headed brass bowl would seek to apply desalination in a situation where:
    ..the country is so damn broke that Stinkliar cannot even return Bushie’s over-paid taxes.
    ..water is so cheap that wastage is second nature for Bajans
    ..the distribution system is leaking 50%

    You really mean that it is not OBVIOUS that step one for us should be to allow the laws of supply and demand increase the value of water to the point where WASTAGE is significantly reduced (first by consumers and also by the BWA dealing URGENTLY with leaks…)

    All this requires is that all usage ABOVE a certain BASIC monthly limit shall be subject to a special drought rate of 500% normal.

    Steupsss
    …fortunately Stinkliar will just wait for the gunslinger to commit himself to some shiite contract before pulling the rug from under his big-headed tail …..like with the Sugar Factory..

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  • You titled some of this a Tender document, but this is “an expression of interest”, known in other parts of the world as a Pre-Qualification Request.
    The MofF or BWA or any other body doesn’t have to approve anything until the bidders actually submit bids, under the terms of the PPP, which are frequently negotiable.
    What would seem appropriate, given the multitude of foreign bodies who have already done investigative reports, is a Strategy for tackling the islands water supply. Which would include as Bushie alluded to, some conservation methods and issues related to current infrastructure failings, as well as plans and methods for meeting the water supply needs.
    So it is understood, many governments these days choose the PPP method. For the contractor has to find the financing, and the government pays a fixed sum per annum for X years. This helps in bringing projects in at budget, a concept governments are universally known to be useless at doing.

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  • The cost of such a project will extremely high..! Mend broken pipes on time and stop people from stealing water… Solution..!

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  • Well Well & Consequences

    Alvin…if the request document, it specifically states that FTC is the regulator for BWA. if any error, they made it. Read the doc.

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  • @NorthernObserver

    In the tender document does it say anything about pre-qualification? What the document addresses is having five year Financials. Not another Cahill in the making?

    @Alvin

    Why not read the documentation before going full tilt?

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  • Water project pipes left idle…….why…….will we have a repeat?

    http://bit.ly/237vMvv

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  • Vincent;

    Nothing to see there………….
    move on!

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  • @are-we-there-yet January 17, 2016 at 6:53 AM #

    I see a lot………what was the reason for the 9 year wait,which was to the detriment of the country and should a similar reason arise will the new project suffer the same fate?

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  • Here is the extract about pre qual that some of us were making the argument to Alvin Cummins, the pre qual gives the opportunity to make a shortlist. What was the short list for Cahill?

    The objective of this paper is to solicit expressions of interest from financially and technically competent private entities who wish to be put on the short list for the request for proposal. The request for proposal will to be put out for tender in January 2016 .

    Closing Date for this EOI: February 5, 2016 at 1600 hours Eastern Standard Time (EST); (UTC- 4

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  • Item 8 makes for interesting reading doesn’t it?
    Request for Expressions
    of Interest
    (EOI)
    1.0
    Country Description
    .
    2.0
    Barbados Water Authority
    .
    3.0
    The Project Opportunity
    .
    4.0
    Expression of Interest Goals and Requirements
    .
    5.0
    Closing Period
    .
    Application Format
    6.0
    Form 1: General Information.
    7.0
    Form 2: Quality Management System
    .
    8.0
    Form 3: Annual Revenue and Net Income, 5 Year Summary
    .
    9.0
    Form 4: Summary of Directly Applicable Experience
    .
    10.0
    Form 5: Details of Contracts of a Similar Nature and
    Complexity
    .
    11.0
    Form 6: Summary of Personnel Capabilities
    .
    12.0
    Form 7: Curriculum Vita of Senior Personnel
    .
    13.0
    Corporate Description and Related Information
    .
    14.0
    Audited Financial Statements
    .
    15.0
    Incorporation Documents
    16.0
    Safety Certificates and Program Information
    17.0
    Endnotes
    .

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  • Well Well & Consequences

    9 year wait at taxpayers expense, of course they will not answer that one, each culprit will blame the other.

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  • It takes three to six months for the rain water to move from the surface into the aquifers.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/76754/rain-won-shortfall#sthash.PgwinwfX.dpuf

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  • @Hants

    As a country we need to do a better job of harvesting water.

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  • Bushie is spot on about charging a punitive rate for usage over a certain basic amount. Bajans would get serious about wastage in a hurry. Some provision would have to be made for farmers large and small. And the BWA should assist people in finding hard-to-find leaks on their property. Malfunctioning toilets are one of the biggest wasters of water. A little tip if you suspect your toilet: put some food dye in the bowl before you go to bed. If it’s clear in the morning water is leaking from the tank to the bowl.

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  • I wonder how many kilometers of leaking pipe could have been changed for what it cost to build the Palace in the Pine.

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  • Sir Errol is making some solid points.

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  • Vincent; re. your 7:04 post.

    Sorry you didn’t understand my post. That format is actually suggesting the opposite.

    There is a huge amount to see there if some proper investigative journalism is done. I suspect the story in today’s paper is just the tip of the iceberg.

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  • Vincent;

    …… I also suspect your second paragraph above might be uneeringly prophetic.

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  • David January 17, 2016 at 12:57 PM #

    It was an eye opener in many respects especially the critical need for potable water to all households at at all times sighted by Sir Errol Walrond.

    We have learnt that we are only looking at laying down 2% of our total pipe network.
    -we are loosing 45-50% of our water
    -the 9 year old pipes were a key factor for 4 developments to be built……2 are up and running
    -6m gals daily going to the sea in st.philip
    -xm going to the sea at paradise
    -expensive sea water desal plants the only answer
    -Aud.Gnl 2012 report states that we are paying 19m to ionics for a fixed amount of water despite the BWA not being able to accept all of it.

    Well,well,well…….Colonel Buggy where are you?

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  • @Vincent

    You forgot bad workmanship cited by Hutchinton. Poor operations that see overflow at reservoirs,

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  • @Alvin

    Hope you had a chance to listen to Engineer Andrew Hutchinson explain the difference between an Expression of Interest (EOI) and a Tender (RFP). If you did not it accords with what BU, St. George’s Dragon et al al have been trying to ram into your skull under the Cahill discussions.

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  • are-we-there-yet January 17, 2016 at 1:20 PM #

    Thanks for the clarification.

    Some of the more just came out……4 developments were granted T&CP permission with the proviso that those pipes be layed……today 2 are in operation without the pipes being layed…..interesting.

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  • David January 17, 2016 at 1:34 PM #

    Yep…..that too.

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  • @Vincent

    hemhem….when was the permission given for the developments by T&CP?

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  • David January 17, 2016 at 1:46 PM #

    Chuckle……I am quoting Engineer Hutchinson,who did not give dates……a bit of maths however would put us at 2007 and before………..and what are you implying?

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  • @Vincent

    A listen to Estwick’s press conference suggested all the blame should be placed on disingenuous politicians from across the divide. This government went ahead and planned housing developments in a geography already stressed by water supply. Wonder what Kellie has to say.

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  • “Here is the extract about pre qual that some of us were making the argument to Alvin Cummins, the pre qual gives the opportunity to make a shortlist. What was the short list for Cahill?”

    You does question and answer yaself? Any connection between the methods used in the two projects would appear hazy, though when one is dealing with politicians one must always be aware.

    And as soon as a politician uses the “it is their fault not ours” card, this far into their combined mandate, you know he has been sitting on his ass and been caught. Hopefully these water challenges can be rectified sooner rather than later.

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  • Andrew Hutchinson had to agree today that a seawater desalination project will be expensive.

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  • David January 17, 2016 at 2:23 PM #

    This shows beyond doubt that no one is looking after our country……….just re-read that precis of what was mentioned on the program and note not one from either side called in to refute anything.

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  • You also have the option to pray for rain or bring in some Canadian Indians to do a rain dance.

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  • @Hants

    Even with rain there is high % of runoff.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David January 17, 2016 at 12:57 PM
    “Sir Errol is making some solid points.”

    What Sir Errol said must be taken very seriously by the decision-makers and immediately implement measures to minimize the risks associated with the paucity of potable water and disgustingly increasing garbage pile up around residential areas and indiscriminate disposal of dangerous chemicals.

    As said in a previous post the constant availability to potable water and the practice of proper hygiene- both personally and publicly- are the only safeguards against an outbreak of communicable diseases that are just lurking for opportunities to expose the vulnerability of humans. Any outbreak of epidemic proportions would make a terrorist attack look like a bee sting to the hide of hippo.

    The government, despite its fiscal difficulties, must stop playing Russian roulette with the health of the nation.

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  • It is interesting to reflect that Estwick was dumped in the ministry of water resources and before him Lowe. What does it say about the weight given to this ministry by both Thompson and Stuart?

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  • Well Well & Consequences

    They are probably building up to blame any water borne epidemic on the same terrorists that are their latest passion. Who else will they blame it on.

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  • David

    Water bursts on the west coast….todays Nation pg 3….interesting read,I wonder why they do not run a new pipe system.

    PM says that the MoA will deal with the water woes……interesting

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  • @Vincent

    The report mentions it will take time for the main laying to reach the West Coast.

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  • There are a lot of know-it-alls mouthing off about alternatives to desalination without putting any financial analyses on the table to support their arguments. How costly is it to replace an aging water distribution system, or substantial parts of it, in order to minimize leaks? If you mandate conservation by hiking water charges, how many people will stop washing their hands and flushing the toilets, and once these bad habits spread, and become entrenched, what will be the public health consequences? Am I going to end up dead from food poisoning or some other bacterial infection because a restaurant worker or a fellow passenger on the bus tried to save a few cents on a water bill?

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  • David January 18, 2016 at 10:17 AM #

    What confusses me is that we know that we are loosing 45-50% of our water daily.

    We are going to put down 2 saltwater desal plants at what has been stated at a very high figure.

    When house pipes which are normally placed in the walls start to leak,we by pass them and install a new connection.

    Why can we not install a new system of pipes as opposed to repairing the over 100 year old system?

    Remember Hutchinson said they were only “replacing” 2% of the pipes……so untill we can compare the two costs we are spinning top in mud.

    Informing the public as to why decisions are taken,is sadly lacking.

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  • @Vincent

    Have to defer your question to the engineer.

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  • David January 18, 2016 at 1:56 PM #

    Rain water harvesting another solution,which will be a lot cheaper for the govt to activate by giving rebates on tanks or establishing a tank fund for the poorer people to repay over a given period of time.

    Why do we always go for expensive things and run the country further in debt……is it to find work for those who prepare studies that are seldom used?

    http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2016/01/19/off-course-4/

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  • @Vincent

    The other good about harvesting is that it decentralizes storage and eases the BWA.

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  • David January 19, 2016 at 9:14 AM #

    Chuckle…….you should listen to Corry on Brasstacks,he is definitely a follower of BU as he is repeating what I/we have said…….Studies upon studies in offices all over the island……We dont need ideas,we need to implement the solutions found……and…..we are suffering from acute implementation deficit disorder (AIDD)……..he is on fire today.

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  • David

    Below is the second glib statement by the MoA……if he wanted to have a greater focus on Ag. all he had to do was to actually start a series of young farmers clubs or 4-H clubs,both of which are international organisation.

    Which begs the question how serious can he be taken in his water pronouncements?

    http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2016/01/19/estwick-wants-greater-agriculture-focus-in-schools/

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  • @Vincent

    Hit air, there is an election to be won.

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  • @Vincent

    Hot air, there is an election to be won.

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  • Some of you may be aware wells like cane fields carried names. I can remember names such as Samscott, Susie and Pussum. These wells were know as feeder wells and are all in the vicinity of 120 feet deep. The aforementioned feeder wells are not unique to the St John area where I grew up but could be found all over Barbados. Unfortunately, with the change of use of plantation lands these wells have all but disappeared due to housing construction and those that are still in existence are starved of gushing flows due to altered water courses.

    60% of the water in the aquifers in Barbados is deposited during the wet season June to December according to published studies. The water problem clearly shows a lack of foresight and critical thinkers within the BWA as well as the Infrastructural Committee of Government.

    We are truly Reactors!

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  • Robinson’s interaction with Corey Layne today was instructive.

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  • What`s the true economic benefit of the UWI?

    Why could this not be a UWI student?
    http://news.yahoo.com/self-filling-water-bottle-converts-humid-air-drinkable-153212372.html

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  • Off course!

    Well-known social commentator and St Andrew farmer Richard Hoad has poured cold water on Government’s plan to construct two desalination plants as a long-term solution to the water woes facing the island, especially residents in…

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  • Well Well & Consequences

    They been told for more than 4 decades about all that rain water running into the sea….steupss.

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  • FORWARD OSMOSIS:

    750 million people don’t have access to clean water. Desalination, or the removal of salt from seawater, is not a new concept and has been widely criticized for the amount of energy used during the reverse osmosis process. Trevi Systems is using a new technology, “forward osmosis,” to make fresh water without the high price tag.

    http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2015/09/10/elon-evolution-clean-water-forward-osmosis.cnnmoney/index.html?iid=ob_article_video&iid=obnetwork

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  • David

    Not getting what Kammie posted at 9.07&9.09 a.m

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  • Where I live I have absolutely no problems with the BWA water supply.

    But I know in due course there will be outages as efforts to get water to affected areas at higher elevations continue.

    Sorry that there was no first world planning that went into the development of Barbados and I am left in this situation but it is what it is.

    I have no problems with that, I have no choice.

    I will apply some first world planning to my situation.

    I know I need to replace the >60 year old plumbing at home so here is what I plan to do step by step as an everyday contribution to the solution of the problems created by shoddy third world planning.

    Make sure the laundry room and flush tank for the toilet are on the same “circuit”.
    Supply this circuit from a small pump system with a pressure tank which is fed from a 50 gallon storage tank.

    The pump doesn’t need to be very powerful, <1/2 hp could work because it doesn’t matter if the washing machine or flush tank fills slowly or quickly, they just need to fill.

    Pressure is not an issue.

    I will probably use a pump system that keeps the pressure between 20 and 40psi, lower is fine too so 10-30psi could work!!

    Work on the roof guttering and direct the roof run off to the storage tank.

    Doesn’t have to be the whole roof to start with!!

    See what methods exist on youtube to keep roof debris out so the pump is not affected.

    Perhaps upgrade the storage to 200 gallons, but I know I can top up the 50 gallon storage tank from the mains if necessary.

    In time I will have 200 gallons available in storage and won’t use any water from BWA for the washing machine and toilet.

    In time look to supply the pump system by a small solar electric system.
    Look at how to treat the rain water collected to ensure it always potable.
    Supply the rest of the house from the pump system and upgrade it and the solar electric system if necessary.

    The pump system I start with may have the capacity to supply the whole house so the solar system may also be sized from the beginning to supply the whole house.

    I’ll see how “First World” a solution I can afford at the beginning but in time I will be independent of the Thirld World mentality as has been applied to water as I can be.

    Safety first however, step by step next!!

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  • David

    We need to have a place to put suggestions/plans like John’s above.

    On the VoB 1230 news Bizzy made a suggestion of a dam instead of the saltwater desal plants and stated as we have said before that all the solutions are right here we know them…..The Scotland district,St.Andrew was identified for dams decades ago,we have/had qualified engineers in this area for eons……implementation deficit disorder.

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  • John;

    Excellent, practical ideas for a rainwater harvesting system.

    Vincent; I also like your idea of BU having a technical advice section that could provide answers to such questions as:

    How much clorox should I use per 100 gallons of storage and how often should I repeat the adding of clorox to the system ?

    Where can I get the correct type of clorox for safe use in rainwater systems as the commercially available clorox contains a reasonably large percentage of Sodium Hydroxide that can cause health and other problems, such as corrosion, if it is used for this purpose?

    Are everyday Plumbers proficient in setting up and servicing rain water harvesting systems or are there specialists in this area that should be utilized?

    How do I ensure that the system used does not harbour mosquitoes (John’s earlier youtube posts gave some guidance in that regard but I don’t know where one could get the paint screen that was recommended there)?

    How does one prevent monkeys from defecating on the roofs from which the water is being harvested?

    Is it possible to set up a domestic home system here that would produce potable water?

    Would one need to get such a system passed by relevant Government agencies?

    Are there Barbados guidelines and standards for setting up and maintaining such systems?

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  • Richard Hoad Bushtea and John and many others have been making very practical workable and very inexpensive solutions for correcting our water woes.

    Here’s another one that could entice more homeowners to engage in rain harvesting schemes. Why can’t the government offer an income tax allowance for people investing in such systems?

    OK, I know that this Government has just dismantled practically all the tradition allowances that were available to taxpayers and wouldn’t be interested now in any new incentives but perhaps, just perhaps it might make sense to offer such incentives instead of spending millions on expensive desalinization projects.

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  • What we have found through the years is that creating pages on the menu bar is not popular. Probably need to create a sidebar image with a link to the page. Let us try it and see how it works.

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  • david da deal hahahahaha boy look, ya got sense? how come after the folks in st joseph march, ah miracle took place hahahahaha straight away, water water water, thanks for ur supernatural power, ya f…ing m’ron b!tch bast’rd everyone of u want putting in ah barrell and rolling off ah mount MISERY, hope this year would be it for wanna
    by the way wanna won’t cay pension up now 8 years come already…….sick sick miscreants

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  • barbados has in plenty water, what desal plants what, wasting taxpayers money..but thats nothing new wid u all…..steel always be in building works hahahahaha..Look cow dig a dam out farmers holding about 65 million gallons ah rain water….another one in the works at apes, and u de deal talking bout water crisis stupes. tell me where all that water from harrisons cave, porey spring, turners hall, greenland, foster fun land, ben spring, three houses, castle grant, mellowes, springfield, camebridge, hackeltons cliff to name ah few going……..to the same sea why not tap in those, or de steel comes easier? Look Barbadians there are ah lot more springs in bim, don’t pay that rubber teet pitbull na mind

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  • The thing to realise is that a human being can survive perfectly well with a two litre pet bottle of water per day.

    I know from my walkabouts in other Caribbean islands and South America with friends that not much is needed to survive.

    Water is heavy and having to carry what you need to drink quickly makes you minimize the load.

    The most I ever carried for a day was 4 litres which is just over a gallon.

    The real consumption of water in most households is in showers, toilet flushes and clothes washing.

    Irrigation is a luxury.

    If many households can become independent of the BWA for some of those aspects of consumption, demand will fall and more water will be available to share among households which are in water starved areas.

    Drinking water needs are really minimal!!

    … but you can’t confuse the two sources as health is paramount.

    Most houses these days are built with storage tanks as a condition of the permission to build.

    Not many people know what to do with the water the tanks collect from the roof.

    But it is there, waiting to be used by those who know what to do.

    If you do not know but want to, make it your business to find out.

    Water, a basic necessity of life can be deadly!!

    Perhaps we need the same system of licensing for plumbers as we have for electricians.

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  • You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

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  • JADA has a work permit advertisement in today’s Nation for skilled A-Class carpenters and Masons.

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