It is expected that as much as 3.5 million gallons of additional water could be sourced daily through the Barbados Water Authority???s (BWA) St. Philip Water Augmentation Project.

Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Dr. David Estwick revealed this, yesterday, at the ground-breaking ceremony of Packages B&C of the Water and Sanitation Systems Upgrade Project, at Mount Pleasant Plantation, St. Philip.

Dr. Estwick said: ???We are committed to ensuring that this country???s development is not stalled because of an inadequate water supply???So far 6 wells have been dug and will go into operation after electricity has been installed, the pumps put in and pump testing completed.???

Minister Estwick said that the BWA had delivered on promises to improve the delivery of water on the island, in the allotted time and within budget. He noted that to date, the BWA had installed 16.4 km of mains, 33% of the 49 kilometers to be installed by November 4 this year by JADA Builders Inc.

The Agriculture Minister also addressed other projects being undertaken by the BWA, including the IFL/BWA Pipe Project, launched in 2014, where water is transferred from the Desalination Plant on Spring Garden to the south-east of the island. He stated that the project, which is scheduled to be completed in 12 months, would see the installation of three pipelines totaling 19 kilometers.

???So far from Belle to Bussa, more than two thousand meters of pipeline has been installed, on time and on budget; from Fort George to Searles 98% of the more than 6000 meters of pipeline has been installed and from Brittons Hill to Providence 85% of the pipes has been installed,??? disclosed.

Minister Estwick congratulated the crew of the BWA for their hard work, as well as the consultants, suppliers, The Ministry of Transport and Works, and everyone involved in the project. He also thanked the public for its cooperation, noting that the disruption was ???not easy???, but necessary for the improvement of Barbados water supply.

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