The Grenville Phillips Column – The Best Day of Your Life

The displays at the recently held BMEX 2019 shows that Barbadians can create internationally competitive products. With the health and education investments made in our people, we can easily surpass the achievements of a country like Singapore within a decade, if we choose to, or are allowed to.

Many of us choose not to because we do not believe that we can. We believe that great achievements are for those of another: class, race, colour, gender, or nationality. It is time to change that, and the first step on that path is to change our perspective on our life-journey. This awakens us to opportunities easily within our reach.

Your past achievements are not monuments to be adorned and admired, but foundations to build upon. Regardless of your age, health, past achievements, or current circumstances, the best day of your life is always today; and tomorrow is always going to be a better day for you than today.

Today, you get to correct the mistakes that you made yesterday. You get to redo things that did not work-out well before. You get to try something new. You get to repair relationships, and say what you meant in a kinder way.

Today, you get to be a better: child, sibling, parent, employee, employer, and friend. You get to be a better you, and correct any deficiencies you are now aware of, because of the criticisms you received yesterday. You get to learn how to do some things better. You get to improve your products, attract more customers and make more money.

Every day you will face obstacles. Today, you get to try another way around or over them. You do that by identifying opportunities. If your landlord increases the rent, then remind yourself that you are no longer a slave. You do not have to stay there – make arrangements to find a more affordable place. If your employer is giving you grief, then you are no longer a slave – you do not have to work there. Find another job or start your own business.

If a business is giving you bad service, acknowledge that you do not have to purchase anything from them. They have no power over you. Stop wasting your time complaining as if you were a slave with few options, and go and shop elsewhere. You have options that our slave foreparents never had. Earn their sacrifice.

The only obstacles that can limit our success, are bad political decisions that result in unnecessary and excessive regulations and taxation. The aim of these policies is to keep everyone down, so that political leaders can selectively waive the regulations and taxes from their political supporters. Thus, the Government decides who wins and who loses. What is appalling is that those who benefit from this corruption, are then promoted by the Government as persons who succeeded by merit.

Excessive taxation is the normal result of the mismanagement of public services. We entrust the management of our public services to our elected political leaders. If health, sanitation, water, transportation, and all other public services are well managed, then we will spend less time waiting to use them. We will also be taxed considerably less to fund efficiently delivered services.

If public services are poorly managed, then we must spend more time waiting to use them. We must also pay considerably higher taxes, to fund the poorly managed inefficient operations and unproductive employees.

We are not the only country facing the problem of poorly managed public services. This is a common problem faced by every country on this planet. In response, the International Organisation Standardization (ISO) developed specific guidance for managing public services and Government operations to an internationally competitive standard. Unfortunately, despite Barbados being a member of the 161-member ISO, our political leaders have decided that those standards are too good for us.

Instead, we continue to use the same ridiculous management method, that has consistently failed to provide relief to the public and public workers. That is, to appoint extreme political supporters, who have no management experience whatsoever, to boards where they direct the mismanagement of public services. The only time that Barbadians can hope to experience well managed public services, is if we travel to countries that have implemented high management standards.

Grenville Phillips II is a Chartered Structural Engineer and President of Solutions Barbados. He can be reached at


  • I would tell you now if you complaining about the price of water hope it never privatise!

    Based solely on the capital outlay for main replacement and other upgrade cost even prorated over 20 years, the ROA that they would need would awake the dead. Plus Don’t think the Fair Trading Commission will save you neither. I would bet the private company will lay before them the documents for scrutiny outlining the capital outlay to the cent and then clearly show what an international ROA should be on that investment.

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  • ROI sorry not ROA.

    EYES getting old.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    John A

    All the relevant information to make economic decisions is available in the accounting and engineering systems at the BWA.
    Somewhere along the line in our Political Development, General Elections have become a tribal battle in which the conquering party thinks it has a right to distribute spoils of war. It is no longer a human contrivance for changing political managers with a more enlightened vision to carry this country forward. This rot has to stop.


  • @ Vincent

    Clearly plus the opposition has failed dismally to educate the people on what the neglect will mean in dollars and cents to the taxpayer.

    Take the main replacement alone at the Billion dollars I hear being tossed around. Even prorated over 20 years at a conservative cost interest wise, when compounded will cost the private company in the region of $8.3 million a month in additional expenses! Remember too we ain t start to talk about upgrading plant and equipment yet, which will be an additional cost monthly on top of the 8.3 million.

    I don’t know the value of the plant and equipment upgrades so I as a person who only deals in hard data will not attempt to quantify it. But as I said the mains alone is based on the billion dollar cost being amortized over 20 years with interest.

    So if you spread that $8.3 million additional expense now monthly over say 50,000 metres that my friend is an additional $166 A month increase in wunna water bill there alone just to cover the main replacement spread over 20 years!

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ John A at 12:32 PM

    I like, you, dread the day that BWA is fully /openly privatized. It is covertly being privatised in a leger de main fashion.
    Under the Plantocracy, potable water was considered a public good that should be managed/ controlled by the State. After 60 years of internal self government by two social democrat parties ,there has been a breakdown in the system and a drift to privatization with all the attendant problems when public goods are privatized.


  • John A:

    The BWA should have an idea where most of the major leaks occur. I see them along roads, which is to be expected given the traffic loading on the aging pipes and connections. However, that should be verified by the BWA.

    The BWA started re-enforcing pipe installation standards about 2 decades ago, near the start of the 1997 building boom. Therefore, many post-1997 residential developments are not expected to have major leaks.


    The BWA can only know where leaks occur where there are pressure meters (normally at pumping stations). But, with 50% water (not revenue) losses (according to the Minister, who should have the latest information), and relatively few pressure meters, it is difficult to know. There are an average of 3 leaks each day (about 1,000 burst pipes every year).

    The mains replacement programme plans to replace 6% of the mains. It would be better to use that money to purchase all of the pipes (instead of just 6% of them), run them on the surface where possible, and then place them underground when we can afford to. In vulnerable areas, the pipes can be sleeved, or placed in shallow trenches. We would then have doubled our supply. Thus, no more complaints from homeowners or farmers.

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  • @ next party 246

    Big question is now where the Billion dollars going come from and at what price to the old whipping horse know as John public. As I said above if it passed on over 20 even with no ROI to the company that is roughly $166 A month more on every bajan water bill!


  • Vincent Codrington

    David BU at 12:29 PM

    Thanks for the reference . At this stage of my life ,I need to guard against information overload. It exhausts the mind . The AG most likely articulated what most interested persons already know or suspected. Did the report add to the observations of JohnA, Miller, William, John and Piece?


  • @ Vincent

    It will be interesting to see it unfold. We know government don’t have the money to do the main replacements and we know those that can lend Will do so at a cost. So the question is now based on 20 plus downgrades what will the interest rate and terms be?

    Then we also got dangling over our head a “little” problem with the international creditors, so we better avoid them too. So who left now let me think…….. oh yes we can privatise.


  • John A:

    That BD$1B is to replace all of the mains and install them in proper trenches. The limited replacement is, I think, less than one tenth of that sum, to replace about 6% of our mains. I think that we should use that money to purchase all of the mains, not just 6% of them.


  • @Next Party 246

    Yes it would make sense as you would be safeguarding against inflation on the price of the materials. On the other side if the BWA could identifying where the worst mains were, it may also pay to replace those first thereby securing the loss of a saleable commodity.

    I think one would need to identify the amount of the mains responsible for the largest percentage of revenue loss and address them first.

    To be honest the numbers would have to be run on both scenarios first and then a decision taken either securing the materials in total, or securing the materials to address the worst mains based on leakage as stage 1 of the project.

    Sad to think that due to years of neglect some will now benefit while others sacrifice.


  • @Grenville

    The BWA has reported that many leaks cannot be seen on the surface. Are you simplifying the issue of finding leaks?


  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU at 2:20 PM

    Do you honestly believe that one ,in this day and age, needs to see surface water in order to locate a leak?


  • Cm pumped – cm metered= Leak

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  • @Vincent

    The comment was directed at Grenville who indicated leaks will show on the surface.


  • Sorry should be

    Cm3 pumped – Cm3 sold via metre = LEAK

    Don’t want to get cuss for being technically incorrect. Lol

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  • John A
    June 20, 2019 10:44 AM

    I mean whether you call it leaks unaccounted for water or what ever is irrelevant. It’s water that left point A was not used by the consumers at point B and thus represents a saleable commodity lost in delivery. Dress it up all you want, if it was sardines leaving a bond on route to a customer it would be a a Saleable commodity lost in transit why should water be viewed differently ?
    That is assuming the BWA look at their operation as a business.


    Use the term Non Revenue Water and you get a better idea!!

    Non Revenue water is not all physically lost.

    It goes from point A to point B but generates no revenue.

    Might be stealing, might be genuine freebie to another GOB entity.

    The output has flatlined at 55 million cubic metres per year.

    A cubic metre sells for just over $2.00.

    So lets say the revenue of BWA should be $100 million per year!!

    That may be stunning to most people but the GOB has a business which generates in excess of $100 million per year.!!

    How many private businesses generate over $100 million in revenue per year?

    It loses between $27 million and $36 million in revenue per year due to leaks.

    Some say the loss is as high as $60 million!!

    Whoever is right or wrong, that is too much money!!


  • John A
    June 20, 2019 2:36 PM

    Cm pumped – cm metered= Leak



    = lost revenue!!!

    Some of which may be due to leaks!!


  • @John

    When I say leaks I speak to all forms of loss. It could be physical leaks, revenue leaks due to illegal connections, what ever. In accounting terms it’s all seen as the same thing which is ” the net loss of a saleable commodity while in transit.”

    I understand what you are saying in terms of classifying the loss, but the net effect on revenue is the same. In other words transactions of this nature always have 3 chapters in it as I will list below.

    Chap 1 is initial containment (or in this case the reservoirs )

    Chap 2 is delivery (mains)

    Chap3 final sale ( sale via metered use)

    When I say leaks I speak to ALL water lost that can not be accounted for in the chapters outlined above. So I am speaking to all unaccounted water as having the same net financial effect on the books of the authority. I therefore view the loss of water via illegal connections in the same way as I would a physical leak to a main, as the net effect on the income of the authority is the same regardless. So we must stop All leaks for us to succeed as the dollar value per Cm3 loss to the authority is the same.

    When we start doing this the BWA may start to resemble a business.

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  • Vincent Codrington
    June 20, 2019 1:00 PM

    @ John A at 12:32 PM
    I like, you, dread the day that BWA is fully /openly privatized. It is covertly being privatised in a leger de main fashion.
    Under the Plantocracy, potable water was considered a public good that should be managed/ controlled by the State. After 60 years of internal self government by two social democrat parties ,there has been a breakdown in the system and a drift to privatization with all the attendant problems when public goods are privatized.


    The company that piped water to Bridgetown c. 1864 was a private not state entity.

    Cholera in 1854 pushed the Legislature into contracting a private entity that was formed for the purpose to deliver water to Bridgetown.

    It was followed by a second private entity that was supposed to get water to standpipes in the rural areas.

    Both were private.

    After Benn Spring, Bowmanston was found by accident.

    That added to the Benn Spring Source the Bridgetown Water Supply Company was using.

    The second private entity was the Barbados Water Supply Company,

    The second company extracted water from the Everton Pumping station also on the Bowmanston Stream.

    The building is still there!!

    The two ended up fighting over the water!!

    Government bought them both out and formed the Water Works Department WWD!!

    Other sources which came on stream eg three caves in Jack in The Box Gully, one of them Coles Cave.

    Another source was in Farmer’s Gully where a well meets a source of stream water.

    Quite amazing to stand at the top and watch the water flowing.

    Believe it or not, a 1000 foot horizontal tunnel was cut from the well along the floor of the gully to get the water to the surface and then by pipe down to Highway 2A by Lancaster Bridge.

    That well supplied the north up to Mile and A Quarter.

    In both 1907 and 1917 it was the cause of typhoid outbreaks.

    It use was discontinued in 1917.

    Belle was yet to be “found” .

    Senn in 1946 first explained how water flows underground but not before Bajans had sunk over 700 wells.

    He went down in most if not all.

    He was able to build up a picture of the geology of the island.

    It is only after him that significant quantities of water were available to distribute so most distribution mains would date from the 50’s and 60’s.

    The 140 year old mains would be a tiny, miniscule, fraction of the distribution system and I am told they are worthy of note not because they are in decay but because they are still strong and good!!

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  • When we start doing this the BWA may start to resemble a business.


    If the BWA had millions available to it to improve its operations in the 70’s and 80’s it must have operated at one time as a business … and a very successful one!!

    You will find that it was undermined by incompetent, inept monkey lawyer politicians!!

    So Grenville should really be kicking ass!!

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  • @ John

    Well said, but Grenville does his best to share facts and data, the problem is if it ain’t dressed in the right party colours no one wants to hear it.

    David has posted so many good topics for discussion which after the first few comments degenerate into B did this and D that. It is unfortunate as the bigger picture can not therefore be properly ever explored once the bickering starts.

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  • @John A

    What happens here is a reflection of wider society.


  • @ David

    Yes that is correct and I think the politicians know that and use it to their advantage. If you got bad news for the public, give them around kadooment time when they partying and distracted. Lol

    If it real bad give them around Christmas time when the call in programs off the air. By time the shows back on they forget.

    We joke about it but it is an unfortunate reality.

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  • Is Solutions a party, or a one-man band?


  • Vincent Codrington

    @ John A at 3:58 PM

    David BU as I have said many times is doing a worthy service. This particular moot stayed the course mainly by your able persistence in holding David’s toes to the fire. I believe that this is one of Grenville’s II articles that generated many interventions. That is a plus.

    @ John
    Thanks for helping to date the formation of the Water Works Dept. Please note the reason for state takeover. I noticed you referenced yourself in the upload. Can I confirm the date as 1891? The Plantocracy formed the local component of Government then.
    Yes. In my early life the BWA was still referred to as the Company.


  • WWD was established by the Water Works Act, 1895.

    The joint stock companies were bought for 375K GBP!!


  • Belle I now realise predates Senn!!

    Here is what Senn in 1946 has to say:

    “In 1920 the British Union Oil Company, Ltd., began to drill a number of wells for oil in Barbados, and when the Water Works Department had difficulty supplying the necessary water used in drilling, the able geologist of this Company A. Menzies studied the water supply problem himself, and on his advice the British Union Oil Company Ltd, excavated in 1921 the first shaft at the site of the present Belle Water Pumping Station.

    Menzies besides pointing out the high quality of the water and the favourable permeability of the Coral rock proved that the water in the Belle well stood at sea-level and was held back by the water of the Sea.”


  • David:

    I said that I noticed leaks along the road. Sometimes as water spouts, sometimes as isolated patches of lush vegetation, sometimes as saturated potholes when there was no rainfall, sometimes as isolated areas of road failure, where water has weakened the road base, etc, etc. We have decades of this type of evidence subsequently confirmed by the BWA making pipe repairs at these locations.

    With 50% of water leaking, most of the leaks are not repaired unless a spout occurs, or someone accurately interprets the surface evidence along the subsurface lines. We can assume that leaks occur continuously.


  • Worth a read, from a while back.

    Barbados Water Authority Leak Detection By: Gary Fricke- Sales Manager Hetek Solutions Inc. Shelley Chase- Engineer, Waste Control/ Distribution, Barbados Water Authority


    Water suppliers are under increasing pressure to reduce leakage rates and provide a consistent, high integrity water supply.

    Resource development is expensive and reductions in Non Revenue Water (NRW) are an attractive and economically viable means of increasing the headroom between supply and demand. New techniques in leak detection are emerging to help water suppliers achieve their objectives.

    Based on 1997 estimates, the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) have set a target of reducing the 60% NRW, to a target of 30% by the year

    This projected reduction can be achieved using best Practice. principals including district monitoring and leak detection.

    For leak detection, the BWA has chosen the advanced leak detection methods developed by Palmer Environmental and Hetek Solutions Inc.

    Initial leak detection utilized step testing and conventional sounding methods.

    However, these prohibitively high costs associated with overtime and the inconvenience of night work led the BWA to investigate alternate methods.

    With the introduction of the Palmer Environmental Permalog leak localization system, the BWA is achieving and maintaining lower leakage levels at lower cost, as well as improving customer service by maintaining continuity of supply, in addition to reducing the overall water lost through leakage. Initial trials in a major UK water company have shown the potential of Permalog to reduce leakage to record low levels and for water suppliers to maintain these over a 10 year period at low cost and with significantly improved customer service.

    Permalog units are deployed on a rotation basis throughout the distribution system to provide continuous surveying of leakage.

    These loggers are used to focus the leakage surveys in specific areas of the network. Easily installed on main lines and hydrant valves, they are retained in place by a strong magnet and are battery-powered for at least 10 years.

    Loggers are immersion-tested to IP68 and will continue to operate even in flooded chambers with no maintenance required.

    Each unit adapts itself automatically to its environment.

    If no leak is present a signal is transmitted to indicate normal background conditions.

    However, as soon as a possible leak is detected, the Permalog unit enters an alarm state and transmits leak data.

    This paper describes how the BWA uses an innovative approach to leak detection using Permalog equipment, and shows that in many cases, the reduction in leakage within the system can lead to a drastic reduction in NRW throughout the island.


  • Leak detection equipment is pretty neat these days.


  • My gut is that BWA is in control of the leaks!!

    If they are not by now somebody wants shooting.

    The challenge is where to get more water from!!


  • nextparty246
    June 20, 2019 1:29 PM

    John A:
    That BD$1B is to replace all of the mains and install them in proper trenches. The limited replacement is, I think, less than one tenth of that sum, to replace about 6% of our mains. I think that we should use that money to purchase all of the mains, not just 6% of them.


    Possibly the Pareto principle at work … 80% of the problem is caused by 20% of the system!!

    I am going by gut again … the BWA knows where to hit!!


  • John:

    How long will you hold to that assumption? Do you plan to wait until the economy is ruined – regardless of what your gut is telling you? Do you plan to wait until leaks reach 80%?

    The only verifiable assumption is that public services are generally badly managed.

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  • @Grenville

    The question was about the leaks that occur away from easy access/viewing.


  • David:

    The fastest way to detect major leaks is to simply follow the pipe’s alignment (on and off road) and observe the obvious evidence of a leak on the surface. Moisture meters can also confirm higher concentrations of moisture with minor leaks. Tragically, we have squandered this dry season for easily detecting leaks.

    The problem with aged pipes is that you may repair one pipe today, and have to repair the same pipe tomorrow. It is similar to constructing a high maintenance building – eventually the maintenance cost becomes prohibitively expensive, and the most economical option is to demolish and rebuild.

    The mains need to be replaced. We cannot afford to replace all of them subsurface. We can afford to replace all of them on the surface or at a shallow depth – which would then double our capacity.

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  • nextparty246
    June 20, 2019 9:59 PM

    How long will you hold to that assumption? Do you plan to wait until the economy is ruined – regardless of what your gut is telling you? Do you plan to wait until leaks reach 80%?
    The only verifiable assumption is that public services are generally badly managed.


    It doesn’t matter what assumption I hold!!!

    ….. just trying to unravel a puzzle that has intrigued me for decades.

    If leakage were as great as you suggest and getting worse by the day wouldn’t most of Barbados be up in arms over lack of water?

    I just don’t get that sense.

    Burst pipes are usually fixed pronto.

    Am I missing something or do people on BU see burst pipes every day of life as they go about their business?

    Sometimes I will see a BWA crew working on a pipe I passed and repassed several times and was unaware was leaking.

    In other words I see proactive responses from BWA.

    Maybe they do all their work at night but I can’t remember the last time (sewage excepted) I saw a burst pipe being fixed on the South coast!!

    Tell me to where all the leaks are and I will go and look for myself.

    For the next few days, maybe peoples on BU could report any burst pipes they see.


  • Piece the Legend

    @ John (in your role as Contributor to the Well Being of thd Nation)
    @ John A (in your new incarnation)
    @ Mr Vincent Codrington (who refuses to drink the koolaid)

    You three are to be commended for taking yet another useless politically slanted topic by Grenville and forcing it in the direction his interventions should go, IF HE WERE A POLITICAL PARTY and not a pressure group.

    137 comments AND NOT ONE REMARK BY NOT ONE OGHER MDMBER OF SOLUTIONS BARBADOS unless John and or John A are members.

    John A you used the word extensive discussions with the Honourable Blogmaster, you need to be careful of what you let drop in normal banter but, notwithstanding that, your customary logic and skill sets shine through.

    An idiot can come here, either peeple or sheeple, and understand the mechanics behind an errant water policy.

    @ Grenville Phillips II

    Do you understand ghe model shared by these 3 gents WHILE ABLY ASSISTED BY YOUR FRIEND THE HONOURABLE BLOGMASTER?

    Do you comprehend the deconstruct that they provided of the problem AND WHAT THE SOLUTION NEEDS TO BE?

    Can you comprehend how this technical concept has been reduced for consumption by the masses and made palatable?

    Do you comprehend how, the single question by Mr Hal Austin, AND YOUR INABILITY TO ANSWER IT, reflects on your campaign?

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  • VC

    Yes. In my early life the BWA was still referred to as the Company.


    My grandparents lived in an upstairs house and it got water originally from a well in the yard.

    My grandfather managed a small sugar factory and got to live in the house in the yard from 1917 when he got the job. a promotion from bookkeeper.

    The previous manager had died of typhoid … I now wonder if he came from the area served by the Farmer’s well!!

    When the factory closed in 1946, he and his family together bought the house.

    He had 7 children none of whom at the time were married.

    Probably got a good deal given his years of service and his ability.

    One of my uncles used to refer to the water from the well as vitamin enriched with vitamin DB and Vitamin F … dead bird and frog!!

    Eventually the WWD supplied the house but like all frugal Bajans they cut and contrived.

    I came along and found the upstairs had what was referred to as “company water” and the downstairs had water from the well.

    I remember my grandfather and my aunts and uncles constantly referring to “company water” even though the GOB supplied it!!

    A legacy no doubt from the earliest days of piped water.



    Hal Austin June 20, 2019 4:53 PM RE …”Is Solutions a party, or a one-man band?”


    EVEN MORE RELEVANT IT IS NO MORE!! He failed, now he cannot even hope for a Resurrection as the PR Officer! The Alternative for Legion was to Jump his Sinking Ship while Grabbing Hold of the Green New $$$$$ Deal on the Political Bloc, (WHERE STEALING STARTED IN A SEEMINGLY SMALL WAY).

    Legion Continues his Envious Role Babbling Incessantly at the REAL DEAL.


  • Vincent Codrington

    @ John at 8 :17 AM

    Legacy is right. Actually my father and a few relatives worked at the company . It is from him I received my early lessons in the Geology of Barbados and its underground rivers,lakes and waterfalls.


  • It looks as though WWD became to be referred to as “the Company” after it was formed in 1895 from two companies.

    Certainly through the 1960’s and 70’s growing up it was always referred to as “the Company”.

    BWA was in the time of Tom Adams, 1980.

    Nicky Sealy was the General Manager and I was told a stickler … martinet!!

    The water resource was “his” as far as he was concerned!!

    An engineer told me he was present when Tom Adams wanted Nicky Sealy to do something not allowed by the act and after a fierce altercation Nicky Sealy told Tom to “kiss his a$$” and walked away!!

    Nicky the engineer was right and Tom the lawyer backed down after more sober thought.

    The Engineer told me Nicky Sealy was the only man in Barbados he ever heard tell Tom so!!


  • @ John

    Do You know in recent years if a study was ever done on what it cost the BWA to deliver 1 Cm3 of water to a client?

    I have never heard the figure mentioned by any politician past or present, thus wondered if the data was available.


  • Of course were the accounts of the BWA up to date and published, I wouldn’t have to ask this question as we could easily calculate what at its current expenses the rate would have to be increased to, in order for it to stand on its own feet.


  • John A
    June 21, 2019 9:58 AM

    @ John
    Do You know in recent years if a study was ever done on what it cost the BWA to deliver 1 Cm3 of water to a client?


    Might possibly be in the 1968 or 1978 Water Resources Study but I was not looking at the financial aspect.

    Another Water Resources Study was done in the 1990’s but have never seen it, actually never been looking for it.

    Try the Public Library upstairs.


  • John A
    June 21, 2019 10:17 AM

    Of course were the accounts of the BWA up to date and published, I wouldn’t have to ask this question as we could easily calculate what at its current expenses the rate would have to be increased to, in order for it to stand on its own feet.


    If the revenue is going to the consolidated fund ……..!!!!


  • Vincent Codrington

    @ John at 9 :47 AM

    Thanks for sharing that story about Nicky Sealy.
    The public servants/ technocrats of that era knew their constitutional rights and their responsibilities.There were several occasions that Tom and other PMs had to be firmly advised by Senior Public Servants. The technocrats are permanent; the politicians pass through.

    The PMs and ministers were quite happy in their skins and once convinced that the advice proffered was reasonable ,they signed off. That is the reason for the separations of responsibilities between the politician and the Civil Servant in the Constitution.


  • Yes one big mess in need or repair. I always wondered how you increase rates without knowing the audited base cost of the unit you selling.

    If it wasn’t so sad it would be laughable!


  • John A

    Mong ago, there used to be two rates, a flat rate and a metered rate!!

    If you look at Appendix 28 of the Economical and Social Report for 2007 you will see that in 1987, the BWA supplied 79,746 consumers and 60,783 were on flat rate … about 75% were not metered!!

    .. talk about non revenue water (NRW)!!

    Once the need for metering was realized and accepted by the politicians, by 2000 the BWA was supplying 101,452 consumers of whom 17,142 were on flat rate.

    There was a political dimension to flat rate … votes!!!!

    By 2007, there were only 2,695 consumers on flat rate out of 102,542 total consumers … about 3%.

    The impression I formed when metering was seriously instituted and rates increased was that the rate increase was fair.

    There was a basic rate of ~$32 if you used a stated amount which rose with consumption.

    It would be fair to charge higher rates for excessive consumption so long as a basic rate was maintained.

    Even so, the GOB has instituted the sewage tax which effectively increases the basic rate to around $75.00!!


  • Long ag …!!


  • What many people do not realise is just how far the Water Authority has come!!

    … and it can’t have got there with inept management.

    From the time when there were 75% of consumers on flat rate, the remaining 25% provided sufficient revenue for the WWD (then the BWA) to build up retained earnings which the monkey politicians huffed.

    That was when there was 40 odd mgd available and demand was below 15 mgd!!

    The demand has outstripped supply!!

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  • Mr Arthur also proclamed at the Haggat Hall meeting that people were unfairly maligning Ms Mottley and she had a lot to offer. Previously, in response to whether her transfer from the post of Attorney General to the Minitry Of Economic Affairs was a eemotion dhe was positioning her for higher office and did atonetime allw her to respond to the budget.


  • Vincent Codrington

    John at 10:56 AM

    Yes BWA was properly managed.It earned a surplus of revenue over expenditure and was able to accumulate a surplus for capital expenditure.

    You may not be aware but the flat rate customers consumption was below today’s average, A kitchen tap a wash room tap. and shower.
    Tub baths and flushed WCs were often outside the affordability of the flat rate customer.


  • VC

    You are right, piped water to homes increased the consumption/demand.

    The excess of supply over demand that existed in the 1960’s was wiped out in 30 years!!

    Problem was nobody at the top had the sense to plan!!


  • I was out today nd decided to look for signs of water on the road.

    Went to Warrens, then the South Coast except for the gutter by the Vista, not a drop of water I saw on the road.

    No sign of a BWA road crew.

    If 20 mgd is leaking it is sure doing a good job of hiding itself!!


  • Dear All:

    Lest you discount the original post. Today really is the best day of your life, and tomorrow will be better for you. Please do not squander your opportunities.


  • Today really is the best day of your life, and tomorrow will be better for you.


    Agree, but we need a plan!!


  • Our beloved Prime Minister should hire the ISO man as press officer for special tasks, so that he finally quietens down.

    – fair and balanced, impartial and patriotic –


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