Water Vision



There is no need to be prolix about the current state of the water supply and distribution system in Barbados. As a reminder of the games politicians from both the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and Democratic Labour Party (DLP) have played with our most precious resource, BU often refers to the late David Thompson’s speech to the staff of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) delivered in 2009.  One measurement the citizens of Barbados should be able to evaluate any government is the level of efficiency it exercises to manage the water resource. Not since the period of Nicky Sealy can we recall BWA being eligiable for a passing grade.

All of our central government and statutory agencies need to be efficiently managed. Because water is an essential commodity the BWA needs to be managed as a professional outfit. Instead, we have had to accept through the years the appointment of political lackeys to the BWA Board of Directors. It reached the ridiculous under this government with the appointment of an Executive Chairman. Although it must be said Minister David Estwick has been spending borrowed money to install mains, build spanking headquarters and a few other projects – can we say water supply and distribution has improved? Can we say that 40% of our water continues to leak from rusted mains? BU will recognize good performance by the BWA when every citizen of Barbados is guaranteed a reliable supply of potable water. No excuses, no ifs or bloody butts.

If we are to accept the latest mouthings by Minister Estwick, temporary and permanent desalination plants will be integral to the water supply solution in Barbados. Of interest to BU is the fact two desalination facilities are majority owned by local businessman Bizzy Williams, Ionics (Spring Garden, St.Michael) registered in 1999 and Potable Water Supply (Groves, St. Philip) registered in 2010. Should we be concerned about the growing concentration of ownership in our water supply? After all Bizzy has admitted that he supports financing the PIP. What we need from our government is to demonstrate greater transparency in how they manage. Where is the building of a  quality society constantly touted by this government if a few are always the ones to benefit?

Will Barbadians be given a coherent explanation why the BWA pull back from the water prohibition order a couple week ago? With no explanation one is left to speculate the managers of the BWA are clueless. What Barbadians need to hear from the executive of the BWA is a dispassionate delivery of the vision, the implementation of the project plan, ramping up customer service and the assurance the BWU is fully supportive. This requires leadership, not braying at press briefings.


  • John April 3, 2016 at 1:48 PM #
    … next place for the molasses to appear will probably be the BWA pumping station at Applewhaites.
    And that is possible. The caves in that area are extensive. I mentioned before an account told to me by my father ,of a man who was lifted up from a water well at Strong Hope plantation, while workers of that plantation were fetching water in a large cask from the well. The man, a European, had entered at Cole’s Cave.


  • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 3, 2016 at 1:57 PM #

    To each their own……..I wish you a long and enjoyable life.


  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    Vincent Haynes

    You sound disappointed. Why is that?


  • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 4, 2016 at 5:36 AM #

    Chuckle……at my age,having lived through the era that I did,nothing dissapoints me anymore….all of us have choices,it is all part of the genetic make up of our humanoid being and we should always respect each others choices….thanks for taking the time and engaging with your thinking.


  • @ Vincent
    It has not passed Bushie’s notice that since you landed in Europe …you have been chatting up SSS…. Bushie done know wunna Waterford boys… wunna ain’t nuh good…

    Tek care Piece don’t haffa deal wid you….


  • One of the many excavations seen in the Christ Church area as a result of work being carried out by WMC ,Water Management Caribbean, whoever they are.


  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    Colonel Buggy

    Was there any real geological studies undertaken by Barbados with respect to these caves. I get the impression that the geography of the island is only known as far as its limestone layers, but no further.


  • Many years ago when Margaret Knight the mother of the late David Thompson posted to BU she made a promise to share info about the caves of Barbados. She mentioned a name of a person who had undertaken such a task. The name escapes at the moment.


  • Yes. There’s a lot that the BLP and DLP are tight-lipped about. Regarding water supplies and freshwater lenses; geophysical exploration connected to water supplies; this knowledge is used as a political football.


  • Here is the comment posted by Margaret Knight to BU in 2007.

    Persons have been asking on this, and BFP, where are all the caves in Barbados. There must be hundreds of caves, and I do believe that a Government Department should have that answer. However, I can point you in the direction of Mr. Keith Laurie, who knows a lot about “Above Ground Barbados” and “Underground Barbados” (he is my cousin!).
    When I was MUCH younger, I was an avid “spleedunker” (not sure if that is the correct spelling), or, the British term, “potholer”, and I was one of a party, back in 1971, led by Scandinavian Ole Sorenson, who went down into Cole’s Cave. On one of Ole Sorenson’s explorations into Cole’s Cave, he discovered Harrisons Cave. At another time, I, and some other foolhardy idiots, went into a cave just under Durants Village, somewhere in the vicinity of the ridge above Appleby Gardens, St. James. One of my friends go stuck and we had to drag him out backwards by his feet. I have not done any potholing since then! There is another cave (probably many more, in fact) in the Widley area, just under a rise where Rediffusion had its relay station many years ago. Bim is full of caves.


  • David April 6, 2016 at 4:47 AM #

    Julian Hunte if he is still compos mentis,can shed a lot of light on the caves of Bim as he was also a spelunker and was heavily involved with Sorenson&Laurie.


  • @Vincent

    The problem our educated society – where billions have been sunk – is that in the main our people do not record events to ensure there is a formal transfer of knowledge through generations.

    Have not seen Julian in recent times and he has also been missing from talk radio.


  • There is also a story told by people who have long long gone, of a tagged duck being placed in Cole’s Cave to see where it would emerge. The duck reportedly emerged many months later, featherless , at Birds River Land , Deacons Road.


  • Because Golden Ridge reservoir is low, half of the island experienced a water cut today, So what about those two wells in St George which the Minister was bragging about a few weeks ago,that were suppose to alleviate all the problems which the residents of Scotland District are facing.? One of these wells in Sweet Vale was discovered by the Yanks with a 100 feet of water,and the other is an old well reopened at Groves Plantation.


  • In a transparent world of government the minister should see it as his responsibility to get back to the public with an update. As always the public is left in limbo by this government to speculate.


  • Sunshine Sunny Shine


    You are so right. The entire geo structure of Barbados underground should have been recorded, mapped and preserve in history’s pages for other generations to be always in the know. Even now the government is not too late to carry out a pilot project on mapping Barbados caves with the type of technology that is available today. All aspects of Barbados development should be recorded in pictures with commentary explaining clearly what were the reasons behind the decision.


  • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 7, 2016 at 5:49 AM #

    Such a record does exist….It was shown in the media at the time of the Arch Cot tragedy.


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