Sunday 8 December, 2019

Utility companies advise of challenges in districts across the island

Despite being able to restore power to some of its customers affected by an outage this morning, the Barbados Light and Power Company (BL&PC) says it is aware some of its customers are still without in parts of St. Michael, St. Peter, St. Lucy, St. Joseph and St. Andrew. 

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In a statement sent out via its Facebook page, the BLPC said Clermont, Prior Park, Husbands, Thorpes, Holders Hill in St James, Rose Hill, Farley Hill, St Peter, Belleplaine, Bathsheba, Cattlewash, St Joseph and Nestfield, Crab Hill, Husbands, Hope Rd, Pie Corner, and surrounding areas are still being affected.

“Our teams are working to resolve the matter and to restore power to customers safely and as soon as possible,” the BL&PC, adding that customers trying to call the Company could find the telephone lines busy.

Meanwhile, the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) also took to social media this morning to advise residents in parts of St Michael who are currently experiencing low water pressure and outages that it is due to low reservoir levels at its Lodge Hill reservoir and St Stephen’s pumping station.

They attribute the service disruption to ongoing repairs to a damaged main in the area, which are proceeding with “extreme caution” as there is also a damaged gas line and other utility cables in the same area.

In the interim, the Authority says water tankers will continue to assist the affected areas but advised there may be some delays due to heavy demand.

In the meantime, the BWA has also reported low water levels are continuing to affect its operations at Fort George, Golden Ridge reservoir and Ozone pumping station. This comes as excavation work for the construction of a new water storage tank at Fort George unearthed an old water cistern system.

“Upon being made aware of the structure, the BWA advised its contractors to immediately stop the excavation process. 

"It has been agreed that until further investigations can be executed by the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, the Barbados National Trust and the BWA, work on the project will be halted,” a statement said.

The new reservoir, which is to be located next to the existing Fort George Tank, will have an increased capacity of 300,000 US gallons of water and is necessary to improve the water supply to over 25 heavily-populated neighbourhoods in St. Michael and Christ Church. 

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