The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) is actively working on putting measures in place to assist rural residents affected by water shortages during the fight against COVID-19.
Attorney General Dale Marshall gave this assurance last night, during a Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation News Night Special on COVID-19 Stage 3 protocols. He stated that even though rural areas are hardest hit by water shortages, residents are still expected to play their part in the fight against COVID-19, with good hygiene practices.
He explained that the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, which is responsible for the BWA, has been instructed to put a number of measures in place to assist residents of rural Barbados. “They’ve been directed to increase the number of community tanks that are installed in rural Barbados and the hard-affected areas immediately.
“They’ve been directed to try to look to provide hand sanitizers and other sanitizing supplies for individuals in those hard-hit areas. They’ve also been directed to procure supplies of water in jugs, or in large bottles … to the residents of places like St. Joseph and so on,” the Attorney General said.
Mr. Marshall stressed that the Water Authority is actively engaged in making sure that to every extent possible, if they can’t increase the amount of water that comes to rural residents through the pipes to help with good hygiene practices, that measures are currently being put in place to help them in their fight against COVID-19.