The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) has advised that it continues to be impacted by low water levels at some of its facilities.
BWA’s Marketing Officer, Yvette Harris-Griffith, said those reservoirs impacted include: Apes Hill, Boscobelle, Castle Grant, Half Acre, Lamberts, Lodge Hill and Shop Hill. As a result, the following parishes will be affected: St. Michael, St. James, St. Thomas, St. Joseph, St. John, St. Andrew, St. Peter and St. Lucy.
Mrs. Harris-Griffith explained that “once water levels dropped too low, there is not enough water to pump at normal rates, so pumping from a given facility may either be reduced or stopped to allow the levels to recover. The Authority’s distribution network of customers and businesses serviced by these reservoirs may then, in turn, be affected by outages or low water pressure”.
The Marketing Officer stressed: “It is difficult to maintain a consistent normal supply to some areas once reservoir levels start to fluctuate the way that they have been recently.
“There are some areas where the low pressure is intermittent…and customers should note that due to higher usage, the situation tends to get worse during peak periods, i.e. early mornings and evenings when persons return home.”
The BWA is advising persons whose supply returns to normal outside of the peak hours, to store water to help when the pressure may be low, or the water actually goes off.
The BWA will continue to dispatch water tankers to assist in the interim, however, there could be delays due to heavy demand.
The Barbados Water Authority apologizes for any inconvenience caused to affected customers.