Josephines, We Feel Your Pain

Image Credit: Colonel Buggy

Image Credit: Colonel Buggy

The BU household commiserates with the people of St.Joseph and the neighbouring parishes who have had to endure extended periods without water. One can only imagine the physical and emotional challenges brought about by the inability of the authorities to deliver potable water.

BU will continue to highlight the matter until there is redress. To be without water for a few hours is an inconvenience, to have intermittent access to for weeks and months is criminal and points to a lack of planing an inept management. The BU household, on behalf of the government of Barbados, apologizes for the poor service being delivered to Barbadian households in St. Joseph an elsewhere.

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107 Comments on “Josephines, We Feel Your Pain”

  1. ac September 15, 2016 at 9:47 AM #

    Look one can expect the same pronunciations from PDYR and this lot of political yahoos who see progress as the boggey man hiding in every corner. Never mind the sembalance of efficiency which progress delivers.


  2. David September 15, 2016 at 9:53 AM #


    One does not have to be an engineer to understand what Bush Tea has posited read calibration.


  3. David September 15, 2016 at 10:00 AM #


    What we are witnessing unfolding with this water crisis in St. Joseph and neighbouring parishes is a public lack of confidence in the management of the BWA. Even the PRO Joyann Haig has been hiding from the airwaves in recent weeks. This is an embarrassment to the country of a tall order. Josephines over the years have received spotty water service but it has never reached crisis proportions. We need to fix the damn problem IF temporarily. These are taxpayers and the BWA has a mandate in law to supply potable water to ALL citizens. If the lot in positions cannot get the job done please VACATE!


  4. bookworm September 15, 2016 at 10:03 AM #

    @Caswell Franklyn September 15, 2016 at 9:34 AM #

    You should realise by now that I don’t know everything and I rely on people who I trust to provide me with information.

    BNSI is the only authority in Barbados to certify measuring equipment so when I hear from them that the certification process for these smart meters was flawed, I am tempted to believe them rather than someone who hides behind a pseudonym called “Bookworm”.”

    If this is indeed so then no doubt there is an official document to that effect? And if it is so then why has nothing been done to stop the installation of flawed meters by BWA? And if it is so, how exactly is the certification flawed?


  5. bookworm September 15, 2016 at 10:06 AM #

    @ David
    I would imagine that this is carried out during the testing and setup at the manufacturer.

    The issue is really not the meters but the seeming inability of a developed nation in 2016 to provide 300,000 citizens with a reliable and constant supply of water.
    That is the question that needs addressing.


  6. David September 15, 2016 at 10:10 AM #


    Agree with your last comment. We need to breakout long and short term solutions. Pipe laying is obviously long term. The minister indicated a few months ago that the temporary desal plants leased from Israel along with the wells at Sweet Vale would have served as a temporary solution.


  7. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right INRI September 15, 2016 at 10:32 AM #

    @ the Honourable Blogmaster

    There is a potential flaw in that test since, depending on where the “flow meter” is attached, the water that has passed the flow meter may not be the water measured, given what remains in the tube.

    But the principle is understood and is sound, btw the gauge has the word “weighted” which suggests that the gauge is not a reputable one, sorry occupational hazard

    @ AC

    You said

    “Never mind the sembalance of efficiency which progress delivers…”

    The word is semblance not sembalance.

    The sentence in its entirety conveys “incompleteness” which is certainly not what you want to say.

    Nonetheless it is fuel for my 125mm cannon insofar that with all of the desalination plants across the breath of the cuntry, miss cuntry first, observers might have hoped that, instead of a “sembalance “, your government would have been able to achieve the actuality of efficient and effective water supply.

    But then again, as “Shadows of Ministers”, you can only deliver semblances


  8. ac September 15, 2016 at 10:58 AM #

    PDYR u can put your corrective measures in action and be of good use by actively
    joining the bandwagon of goodwill supporters engaged in sending help to the drought stricken areas of St.Joseph. trying to be a grammatical blog policeman is not worth the effort and does no good to help the people of St. Joseph idiot


  9. Bush Tea September 15, 2016 at 11:15 AM #

    Thanks for the video David.
    That is just a fancy machine that does basically what Bushie suggested.

    @ Piece
    Assuming that the test started with water already in the tubes, you concern is compensated.

    @ bookwork
    The issue is really not the meters but the seeming inability of a developed nation in 2016 to provide 300,000 citizens with a reliable and constant supply of water.
    …But what if the reason for the inability to provide a reliable and constant water supply stems from valuable resources having been diverted to build a $60M palace, to award meaningless multi-million dollar contracts to ‘change meters’ …when there are no benefits to the system?

    Do you think that $10M out of that $60M spent to upgrade rural reservoirs- and the main transmission pipes connecting them, would have had a better impact on the efficiency of the BWA? …Have you seen the reservoirs? How do you justify space age meters and stone age reservoirs?

    @ Caswell
    As you well know, any ‘Laws’ requiring that BNSI test measuring equipment are only applicable where Government ministers have no vested interests….

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  10. David September 15, 2016 at 11:20 AM #

    Leadership is required in every single thing we do.

    For example David Davis who has led a water drive for several months now just called the radio to advise only bottle water can be transported to ensure water quality.


  11. Bush Tea September 15, 2016 at 11:21 AM #

    @ ac
    PDYR u can put your corrective measures in action and be of good use by actively
    joining the bandwagon of goodwill supporters engaged in sending help to the drought stricken areas of St.Joseph.
    Do you understand what you are saying…?

    What manner of men can collect MILLIONS in taxes and rates every year…and not be filled with SHAME (in our 50th anniversary of Independence,) to have advocates for the homeless seeking pledges from already overtaxed citizens…. just to get some clean water to fellow citizens in St Joseph….

    Shiite man!!!
    In wunna place, Bushie would hang his head in abject SHAME and look for some kinda lens upon which to fall accidentally…..
    It is the ULTIMATE SHAME…. especially when viewed from that vantage point next to CBC….

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  12. David September 15, 2016 at 11:24 AM #

    It is commendable to hear about Barbadians everywhere mobilizing to assist the water needs of the affected parts of the country.

    HOWEVER it is an embarrassment to have to listen to what is unravelling.

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  13. Ego September 15, 2016 at 11:26 AM #

    It would seem , like that is true


  14. Bush Tea September 15, 2016 at 11:39 AM #

    @ bookwork – sorry, missed these points you raised..
    What you proposed was NOT calibration,you have since added the piece about adjusting the meter though how you propose to go about it is unclear. Also unclear is how you measure the volume of water used, is it a line drawn on a container? What about the accuracy of measurement of the water volume? How do you ensure that EVERY DROP of water is measured? It is clear that you are not an engineer.
    ….Bushie mistakenly assumed that the followup on calibration was obvious….

    …The ‘meter adjustment’ could be as simple a matter of stamping the ‘calibration factor’ on the meter and inserting the figure into the customer database so that future readings would be corrected by by that factor…. or simply reconditioning the meter until the factor was 1.

    …to measure the volume of water, all you need to do is fill a prescribed container to a prescribed level, at a prescribed temperature (if you want to be picky)

    …and if it is clear to you that Bushie is ‘not an engineer’ then you may have missed the last ten years on BU …where the bushman has been talking of his adoption by the Big Boss Engineers BBE…… so at least Bushie have ‘engineer-families… 🙂
    ha ha ha


  15. Well Well & Consequences September 15, 2016 at 12:08 PM #

    I am so happy that my life and those of my relatives are not dependent on the incompetents in the various ministries, starting with the ministers…this is tantamount to torture of the citizens that the government can get NOTHING right…yet they collect a salary.


  16. bookworm September 15, 2016 at 12:31 PM #

    @ Bush Tea

    The inability to supply goes deeper than the over the top offices. It is something endemic to Barbados. There is no preventative maintenance. Things are allowed to run until they break when a few dollars spent maintaining would have been the better option. Look at the roads,the buildings,the buses,the garbage collection. All run into the ground and costing your millions to replace.The reservoirs are a case in point and I believe that the pumping stations are in a dire state.There is no sense of pride and ownership, everything is someone else responsibility.
    Have you heard the way the heart is reved out of the diesel engines in the buses and garbage trucks? No wonder they break.
    I am ranting now but just wait, the promised “new” second hand garbage trucks will be scrap within one year of service.


  17. David September 15, 2016 at 12:39 PM #

    Given the critical nature of the water problem in Barbados we look forward to a post cabinet press briefing today.



  18. bookworm September 15, 2016 at 12:44 PM #

    Maybe they will cancel the new National Monument and 50 years fiasco to provide funds for the water?
    Dream on,dream on!


  19. ac September 15, 2016 at 12:46 PM #

    Even VOB seems to have got the memo and have somewhat decided to distance itself from the political hogwash after several weeks of encouraging and entertaining the underbelly of political yardfowls that were hell bent in dividing the country on what should have been a humanatarian effort sending the word to that of having all hands on board to seek resolution
    The technical and mechanical aspects are all directed by man power which would run into problems of all kind and one must not forget that the laying of new pipelines is a tedious and long processs with problems which can hamper beyond man’s control with weather being a big concern
    The politicization of the water shortage had it tenactles attached to a shameless opposition who should now better


  20. David September 15, 2016 at 12:53 PM #

    The next issue to blow up will be the garbage problem. As usual minister Donville is quick out of the blocks to offer criticism about the garbage collection. Also there was comment from a tourism official about the feedback coming back from tourists about the need to improve in this area.


  21. bookworm September 15, 2016 at 12:54 PM #

    The pipelines did not suddenly fail,it took years. Politicians, and I use the term loosely, of both parties are culpable. They could have used the money from the boom years to start the renewal program instead of wasting it and waiting until we had waterspouts from fractured mains on every corner.
    Stop blaming everyone else and take responsibility whatever party you are.


  22. bookworm September 15, 2016 at 12:56 PM #

    Do not start me on the garbage……………….


  23. David September 15, 2016 at 12:59 PM #

    Stop blaming everyone else and take responsibility whatever party you are.

    And this is the point. The BLP was booted out and the DLP is expected to lead. Instead you have to listen to their yardfowl supporters pointing to what the BLP did not do. Here is one thing for sure, the DLP can kiss St. Joseph, St. Andrew and St. Thomas goodbye. Let us see how Queen Mara performs.

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  24. David September 15, 2016 at 1:44 PM #

    @colonel buggy

    Are you able to shed light on the reports that Castle Grant has been leaking for years?


  25. Georgie Porgie September 15, 2016 at 1:46 PM #




  26. Tron September 15, 2016 at 1:54 PM #

    The map of Barbados looks like Panem in The Hunger Games (adaption from Wikipedia):

    “The country consists of a wealthy Capitol city, located next to the Platinum Coast, surrounded by ten (originally eleven) poorer districts ruled by the Capitol. The Capitol is lavishly rich and technologically advanced, but the districts are in varying states of poverty. As punishment for a past rebellion against the Capitol (called the “Dark Days”), in which District 11 was supposedly destroyed, taxpayers are selected by lottery to compete in an annual payment called the Hunger Games.”


  27. Colonel Buggy September 15, 2016 at 2:02 PM #

    Colonel Buggy September 15, 2016 at 1:51 PM #
    You asked about the distribution of the water supply in St Joseph. This was common knowledge many years ago when the then Water Works Department was decentralised, unlike the BWA today ,where all reservoirs had foremen and employees who knew the system. The following photos are an indication of the BWA’S uncertainty.

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  28. Colonel Buggy September 15, 2016 at 2:18 PM #

    David September 15, 2016 at 1:44 PM
    David a picture tells a thousand words.
    Here is an area belonging to Huntes Tropical which is located in an area feet from the Castle Grant Reservoir, and is at a lower elevation that the bottom of the reservoirs holding tank. Therefore any leaks from the reservoir would find its way to the bottom of this section of Hunte Tropical. When Castle Grant was a sugar plantation, this now lush tropical forest, was no good for growing canes, and was the owners
    “Orchard”, where he grew citrus fruits and other exotic plants.


  29. mitchlans September 15, 2016 at 2:26 PM #

    Georgie Porgie 1.46 PM #

    Georgie, have you lost your mind? Put on a free concert with free food and drink and the detonation of an atomic bomb in Carlisle Bay would not keep Bajans away! Remember that a full blown riot in Barbados consists of six people holding hand written placards making loud steupse noises and sporting sour facial expressions. Unless of course it is raining, when the whole thing will get called off. Boycott?!?! Protest?!!? In Barbados?!?! Dream on……


  30. Colonel Buggy September 15, 2016 at 2:32 PM #

    This item is worth a repost – From the Barbados Advocate July 10. 1952 (64 years ago)


  31. Colonel Buggy September 15, 2016 at 2:58 PM #

    Some St Joseph residents who have no complaints.


  32. David September 15, 2016 at 2:59 PM #

    Continue posting here:


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