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PM Taps Guyana, Dominica in Bid to Boost Water Supply


(Barbados Today) Barbados is getting help from two water-rich CARICOM nations to boost its water supply which is currently under severe pressure due to inordinate demand for the volcanic ash clean-up that comes at the height of the dry season, the Prime Minister told the nation Wednesday night.

Speaking on a number of issues including the chronic shortage of water to residents of northern Barbados, she disclosed that a shipment of bottled water arrived here this week from Guyana and that arrangements are in the pipeline to buy water from Dominica until a project to pump water from St Philip to central and eastern Barbados is ready.

Mottley announced: “Our brothers and sisters in Guyana have sent up… and I believe it came in today or yesterday and will be dispatched this weekend to households. In addition to that, we are in the middle of concluding arrangements with the government of Dominica for the purchase of water on a weekly basis…two to two-and-a-half million gallons a week until such time as we can complete the reservoir and the pump station with Vineyard and Castle Grant being serviced with the appropriate water coming through Golden Ridge from the Vineyard point.”

Water would be taken from Groves, St George, where a well can supply another two million gallons, she added.

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