Concerned that recent water shortages have severely impacted poor communities, the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) has called on the authorities to be mindful of the inequality gap.
“When we speak about the question of equality we have to look at the context and look at our situation for what it is worth,” said BWU General Secretary Toni Moore, arguing that too often the focus has been on the ‘haves’, when it should be on the ‘have nots’ in Barbadian society.
Moore said the lack of water was presenting a serious challenge to far too many communities, pointing out that poor “villages” had been hardest-hit.
Kerri-Anne Turton of Branch Road, St Joseph, seems to be straining every muscle in her body in carry this bucket of water but could be saying what a relief to finally seeing a BWA water tanker even though it arrived in her district just after 1 p.m. yesterday
“Many of the villages have been impacted not by low water, not by slow water, but absolutely no water for days on end and as we go into 50 years as an independent nation, 2016 should not be presenting the same kinds of challenges in this particular area that 2015 has presented,” she said.
The union boss said it was disheartening to hear that Government would be spending money to take individual letters house-to-house, as part of its 50th anniversary of independence celebrations, when there were many households with children and elderly dependents without the luxury of running water to take a shower or cook food.
Moore also noted that sanitary concerns were challenged “because six days, eleven days, 15 days could go by and not one drop of water is available from household taps”.